Kochi, Jan 12: The self-styled godman Himaval Bhadrananda, popularly known as gun swami, was acquitted in murder attempt case by a Kerala court on Thursday.

The Paravoor session court near Kochi observed that he had fired the gun at the Aluva police station on May 17, 2008, with the intension to injure nobody and it happened just because of his mental condition then. The injury suffered by the Circle Inspector on his hand was a simple one and not murderous.

When a Malayalam daily Mangalam newspaper reported about the swami, moving with a gun, an enraged Bhadrananda barged into the newspaper office in Kochi and threatened the scribes. The swami then used to move around in the city in a car fitted with a red beacon light.

A few days later, the self-styled swami threatened to kill a TV reporter after the channel aired reports about him. Bhadrananda had surrendered before the police in connection with attack on Mangalam office. At police station, Bhadrananda had a scuffle with scribes. As police tried to overpower him, the gun went off, injuring Bhadrananda , a reporter and the Circle Inspector attached to the Station.

Kochi police on Tuesday arrested Bhadrananda in connection with a case related to inciting communal hatred through posts in his facebook page.

Police whisked him away to police station and the arrest was recorded after taking his statement.
Police said Bhadrananda has been receiving threats after he made inflammatory comments on Islam.

In 2011, Bhadrananda was arrested on charges of cruelty to animals. Kochi city police took him into custody for taking out a procession with a picture of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on top of a calf, at Kacheripady. The picture also carried a caption ‘Gomoothrabhishekam’. The police said the calf was one-and-a-half-month- old.