Kerala: Priest attack – civil society calls for shut down

September 23, 2014 by  
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KeralaChanganacherry, September 16, 2014: Kerala – A Catholic archdiocese in Kerala Tuesday organized a rally to protest an unprovoked midnight attack on a priest.

The civil society of Changanacherry has called for a dawn-to-dusk general strike Wednesday.Fr Tom Kottathil, assistant pastor of St Joseph’s Church at Veroor, a parish of Changanacherry archdiocese, has been hospitalized with head injuries after three drunken persons assaulted him Monday night while returning to presbytery after dropping a parishioner in his house. The priest has recovered from critical stage, the authorities of St. Thomas Hospital, Chethipuzha, told reporters.

Based on the details given by the 35-year-old priest, the police have taken into custody three people for questioning.

The priest said he was returning after dropping home Antony Malayil, editor of the parish directory, when the incident occurred at 11:45 pm Monday. He had noticed three persons near an Automatic Teller Machine in suspicious circumstances. He stopped his motorcycle to enquire why they were standing. Finding them drunk, the priest drove off.However, the gang followed the priest, overtook him and started attacking him. The priest told the attackers that he was the assistant pastor, but they ignored his plea and continued the attack, the Deepika newspaper reported.

Father Kattathil said he left the motorcycle and ran to a nearby hospital. But the attackers chased him and snatched the priest’s helmet and hit him with such a force that it broke into two pieces. It was only then that the attackers left him on the road. The priest then called the parish.

Parish priest Fr Gregory Naduviledathu, called for an emergency parish council meeting Tuesday morning, and demanded meeting out exemplary punishment to the culprits.

The archdiocese has planned a protest massive rally to be addressed by archdiocesan officials and local political leaders.

– matters india

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