Priest, 21 others arrested for breaking lockdown norms

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31, 2021

A Christian priest and 21 others were arrested by the police near Ernakulam on Monday after it was found that they had violated Covid protocols and gone ahead with a church function in Kerala.

The incident occurred at the St Joseph Church near Angamaly when a crowd of people, much more than the allowed numbers, gathered on the occasion of the First Holy Communion of a parishioner.

An official attached to the Chengamanad police station which effected the arrest confirmed that 22 people including priest George Palamatom had been arrested and later let off on bail.

The arrest was done in accordance to the rules and regulations regarding violation of lockdown norms.

The police arrived at the church after getting a complaint that the number of people present was in excess of the 20 allowed for functions at religious places.

This is the first arrest that has been made from a religious place in the state this year, while similar arrests had taken place in the first wave of the Covid pandemic last year.


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