Kerala: 3 chapels attacked and a Catholic procession objected by Hindu radicals

April 30, 2014 by  
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Kerala christiansThrisssur, April 28, 2014: A pro-Hindu outfit is observing a dawn-to-dusk shut down in Trissur district of Kerala Monday to protest police “attitude” in its tussle with Catholics over a parish feast.

Police said some rightwing Hindu activists objected to the passage of a Catholic procession through the premises of a Hindu temple on Saturday night. The procession was in connection with the feast of St Sebastian at Saint Antony’s Catholic Church at nearby Murkanad.

Church authorities said they had taken permission from the temple authorities to let the procession pass through the temple and that it was the practice for several years. The parish comes under Trichur Syro-Malabar archdiocese.

The Hindu outfit said the authorities of Murkand Aalumparambu had not given the permission this year.

When the Hindu activists blocked the procession at the temple premises, the police forcibly cleared the way for the procession. Four Hindu activists suffered minor injuries in the police action. The police also took into custody 22 others.

The outfit claimed they had the temple authorities’ order cancelling the earlier one and so had objected to the procession and alleged the police were not willing to accept this.

Police said they allowed the procession to pass through the temple premises on the strength of the order of the temple authorities.

Meanwhile, three chapels under Irinjalakuda diocese were damaged late last night allegedly by the activists reportedly as a fallout of the police action.

Police said a section of the activists had blocked the church’s ‘Way of Cross’ procession on April 11 and recited hymns without any provocation.

Irinjalakuda diocesan spokesman Fr Joju Kutikad said complaints had been lodged with the respective police stations.

Police said a peaceful atmosphere prevails over Moorkanad area and situation is under control, the Business Standard reported.

– matters india

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