480 priests of the Church of South India (CSI), who were part of an annual event in Munnar, Kerala, for violating the Covid-19 protocol Arrested Has been done. More than 100 clergy who attended the event were found to be infected with the corona virus. In addition, 2 priests were killed while 5 were in critical condition.
According to The New Indian Express, A conference of priests and community members took place last month between April 13 and April 17 at CSI Christ Church. Hundreds of clergy came from different places to attend this retreat meet. The news quoted sources as saying that the meeting was held despite requests to postpone the program. It was also said that if a pastor did not join it, he would be subject to disciplinary action.
On Thursday (May 06), the police said that a case was registered based on the statement of the Tehsildar, under which 480 priests of the Church of South India (CSI) have been arrested for organizing and participating in the retreat.
According to the report, Secretary of the CSI Trust Association and Member of the Joint Christian Council, Jacob Mathew, said that the government and the council’s instructions were completely rejected during the meeting. At the same time, the Meats of Central Kerala Churches and Kochi Churches were pushed forward due to the increasing cases of Covid-19. But the CSI of South Kerala held these meetings without informing the state government.
However, the CSI is rejecting all the allegations leveled against him. TT Praveen, secretary of CSI’s South Kerala State, claimed that the transition did not spread due to the program. They say that only a negative campaign is being carried out with this accusation.
Munnar Inspector KR Manoj told news agency PTI that based on the statement of the Tehsildar, a case has been registered against the church management and 480 priests and the priests were arrested under the Kerala Epidemic Disease Act (KEDA) and Section 269 of the IPC. is. Manoj also said that further action is being taken by seizing photos and videos of the program.
According to media reports, most of the clergy were brought to the CSI Retreat Center in Munnar via bus from Thiruvananthapuram, 270 km away. The infected also include CSI Moderator and Bishop A. Dharmaraja Rasalam of the South Kerala state. However, CSI continues to claim that there is no violation of the protocols of Covid-19 in any way in the program.