The AKG Memorial Library at BP Angadi, near Tirur in Kerala was torched on Tuesday.
Police have arrested two RSS workers in connection with the destruction of the library managed by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Quoting police The Hindu reported that books, furniture and other property worth Rs.40 lakh had also been destroyed in the fire which gutted the library around 2 a.m.
The torching of Left-run library is being linked with the continuing tension between the RSS and CPI(M) men at Thallakkara on Monday evening. Reports suggested that tension had prevailed in the region after RSS and CPI(M) men locked horns over writing on a wall.
CPI(M) leaders alleged the RSS had created problem by writing on a wall booked by the CPI(M). The police had pacified both parties and posted a policeman on night vigil at Thallakkara.
CPI(M) leaders alleged that the policeman on duty had vanished after midnight. The attack on the library took place around 2 a.m. when a group of men broke into the premises and destroyed the furniture and books before setting the tile-roof building on fire.
The police have started an investigation into the incident.