Jacobite Church seeks judicial probehttp://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20050706024846&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0
Wednesday July 6 2005 13:10 IST
KOTTAYAM: Scores of Jacobite Church faithful from the Manarcaud area have reeled out the sequences of alleged police brutality against them, along with around 350 arrested at Aluva on Sunday evening, at the Kalamassery Armed Reserve Police camp till the wee hours of Monday.
Presenting a few of those who were subjected to third-degree methods of torture by the police at a press conference here on Tuesday, the Chief Vicar and other priests of St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Cathedral of Manarcaud demanded that the government should order a judicial probe into the whole incidents at Aluva, including the mysterious entry of a government vehicle through the Aluva-Paravoor road, where vehicular traffic was banned last Sunday.
They claimed that the vehicle was overturned and set afire by some antisocial elements while the faithful and managing committee members were offering prayers inside the church.
Alleging that the police action seemed to be part of a conspiracy, they said that the brutality that ensued inside the church and later at the Armed Reserve Police camp had no parallel even during the time of Emergency.
The human rights violations would be brought to the notice of the Human Rights Commission and the High Court soon, they said.
Addressing the press conference, the cathedral’s chief vicar Fr Mathew P Elias Cor Episcopa, assistant vicars Fr Thomas Mattathil, Fr Kuriakose Kalayil, Fr V M Mathews Vadakkedath, chief trustee Renjan Vattamala and church working committee member T C Thomas warned that unless the government initiated stern measures against the police and other officials responsible for Sunday’s incidents, it would have to pay a heavy price.
They said that the Trikkunnath seminary issue had erupted as the agreement reached between the Patriarch sect and the District Collector on June 28 was violated after the Orthodox Church Catholicos and two others were allowed to enter the closed chapel of the seminary for an hour.
The Patriarch sect had been maintaining restraint since 1978, they said.