CHENNAI: Police have booked a church priest and 20 others for conducting a car festival at Pannur village near Tiruvallur on Sunday, violating the district administration orders.
Officials of St Madha Church at Pannur had sought the district r collector’s permission to hold the annual festival on the church premises. The collector refused, saying the statewide lockdown was in place. District collectorate officials also denied permission for devotees to congregate on the church premises, saying that under the lockdown guidelines all places of worship were advised to shut down to prevent people gathering in large numbers.
Based on a tip, a team of the Mappedu police rushed to the place on Sunday and found the villagers dragging the church car out on the streets as part of the traditional rituals. The police team members prevented the devotees from taking out a procession.
The Mappedu police registered a case against St Madha Church priest Bhagyaraj and 20 other villagers based on a complaint from the jurisdictional sub-inspector of police. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, police didn’t arrest anyone. Further investigations are on.