Lockdown violation - Kerala priest, former police officer booked

Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 25 (IANS): A Chiristian priest and a former police officer were among many people who were booked on Wednesday for violating lockdown norms in Kerala.

A Christian priest and office-bearers of St Peter's Church at Adoor in Pathanamthitta district were booked when the priest led a funeral prayer service where more than 100 people took part, police sources said.

Reji Yohanan was arrested and and let off on bail.

The police have warned not to crowd marriage functions or funeral services.

At Kottaraka in Kollam district, a former police officer was charged for organizing the marriage of his daughter, drawing over 100 invitees, thus violating the norms prescribed by the district authorities.

The police had warned him not to hold the function in a big way.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday had warned people to stay indoors else face legal action.

In several districts of the state, many car and two-wheeler owners have been booked for violation of lockdown rules. The police have warned of cancellation of registration of vehicle owners in case of violation.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister at his weekly cabinet meeting held here today, decided in to bring a new ordinance (Kerala Epidemics Diseases Act) which will give more punitive powers to the district authorities to act against violators of the lockdown rules.



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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Wedding function funeral ceremony some of the important relative be allowed to attend but wiith specific conditions. Weddings can be cancelled but what about funeral. We cant keep the dead body for months together. For this some correct guidelines be drawn.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    J:F.D esouza,Attavara,sure Marraiges can be held officially with less then 5people in church or in reg.office.But celebration can be held after the danger of virus has come down or officially declared.Same buriel ceremony can be done with only close relatives .and months mass or in Hindus burning with few ones ,priest.Later months reminder can be celebrated big when no fear of spread of infection.One has to adjust to situation.One should only understand when we cant speak to dead,but offer prayers to him is also important than fest celebration.

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  • A.M. Belma, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Ideally these people have to set examples to the society in whole.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    By selling 1/5/10 Rs/Dh/£ items Chinese have made their infrastructure, build their military, those cheap rate items have gone, either spoilt or in garbage by now and rest of the world now gets only Chinese virus as dividend ie means financial distruction to the rest?? And now more than that death / isolation / starvation / also crackdown ?? The Chinese or communism are ruining everyone for self glory or ruling all??

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Clear instructions were issued by the Chief Minister on Tuesday. Marriage celebration on Wednesday should have been avoided. A funeral service is a last chance for the deceased's family, foes, friends, relatives and known people to have a glimpse of the deceased person. I have no opinion how to handle this type of situation...

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur Chicago

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    In the old testament we are repeatedly told that whenever people disobeyed God He sent pestilence. Corona is not maanna..

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