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Interventi on of the Kerala sta te Chief m inster’s o ffice in t he church feud shoul d be inves tigated: A ntiochian Samithi

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    02 July 13 News Intervention of the Kerala state Chief minsterÆs office in the church feud should be investigated: Antiochian Samithi Pampakuda:The complaint
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      Intervention of the Kerala state Chief minster’s office in the church feud should be investigated: Antiochian Samithi

      Pampakuda:The complaint on the intervention of the Kerala ( a state in India)Chief minister Mr Ommen Chandy
      personal staff members in the “Solar “ cheating case in the Church feud
      should be investigated , said the Jacobite ( Syriac Orthodox) True
      Faith Protection Samithi leadership.

      It is alleged that the
      personal staff members, who are members of the Indian “ Orthodox “
      faction ( methran kakshi) had a hand in closing down of many Jacobite
      Syriac Orthodox churches .
      Mor Behanan Study Circle alleged that the
      Personal staff members illegally intervened and gave directions to
      Police and Revenue officials, regarding these affairs.. This resulted in
      the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox faithful being lathi charged (baton
      charged)and bogus cases being filed against the faithful .This need to
      be investigated by the higher authorities.

      Tenny Joppan,Jikku
      Mon Jacob( member of the Methran kakshi (Indian “Orthodox”) St George
      Church , Puthupally), Thomas Kuruvilla(member of the Neelimangalam
      Methran kakshi (Indian “Orthodox” ) Catholicate center are said to have
      used the CM’s office as a cover for their activities against the
      Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church. This resulted in the brutal Police
      atrocities in the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox churches in Kolenchery,
      Mamallashery, Kurinji, Varikoli, Pazhamthottam, Kanyattunirappu,
      Kadamattom.
      There is an allegation that a Methran kakshi ( Indian
      “Orthodox”) personal staff member from Varikoli had illegally intervened
      in the Church feud in favour of Metran kakshi faction( Indian “Orthodox
      “ ).
      Investigators should be initiated against the trapping of the
      innocent Jacobite Syriac Orthodox faithful on trumped up charges, filing
      of bogus cases and closing down of Jacobite Syriac Orthodox churches on
      the direction of the Ernakulam District Collectorate and the District
      Police Superintendent.

      During those days , the Jacobite Syriac
      Orthodox Church leadership met the Kerala Chief Minister, Mr Ommen
      Chandy , regarding these .CM said that he has not issued any direction
      regarding this issue. It is said that the personal staff members, bowing
      to the pressure from the Methran kakshi (Indian “Orthodox “ )
      leadership, without the knowledge of the Chief Minister, pressured the
      Revenue and the Police authorities to capture the Jacobite Syriac
      Orthodox churches.

      The basic reason behind the rise in the
      Church feud cases in the past 2 years, is due to the Methran kakshi (
      Indian “ Orthodox “ ) leadership using the Methran Kakshi( Indian “
      Orthodox ‘ ) faithful personal staff members , in trying to establish
      the non existent Methran kakshi ( Indian “ Orthodox “ ) rights in the
      Jacobite Syriac Orthodox churches and to capture the Jacobite Syriac
      Orthodox churches using their influence in the Kerala state government.
      It is to be noted that all these happened during the present tenure of
      the Kerala Chief Minister Mr Ommen Chandy , himself a member of the
      Methran Kashi (Indian “ Orthodox “).

      It was found that file
      related to the actions taken by the Ernakulam District Collector
      Cathedral proclamation of the St Marys Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church,
      Piravom (under the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox diocese of Kandanad), in the
      District Collectorate had disappeared. This happened, in spite of the
      marked interest of the Courts and the media in this matter. This
      information was obtained, as a reply to the query based on the Right to
      Information Act.

      There was rumour that the disappearance of
      these files, are linked to the high ranking intervention from the Chief
      Minister’s Office.

      The Chief Minster’s Office is also behind
      the illegal entry of the Methran Kakshi (Indian ” Orthodox “ ) priest in
      the St Michael’s Jacobite Syriac Orthodox church, Mamallashery.This
      happened in spite of the Court order against the entry of this Methran
      kakshi ( Indian “ Orthodox “) priest .The Police brutally baton charged (
      lathicharged ) the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox faithful, in order to
      facilitate this illegal entry of the Methran Kakshi ( Indian “Orthodox
      ‘’) priest trustee to the Mamallashery St Michael’s Jacobite Syriac
      Orthodox church.

      This incident led to the organising a 280 day
      Sathyagraha (peaceful protest) of Jacobite Syriac Orthodox faithful in
      the front of the St Michael’s Jacobite Syriac Orthodox church,
      Mamamallashery. The Kerala Government’s callous attitude to this
      incident can be judged by the way they completely ignored this protest.


      For many months the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox faithful including females
      and children were forced to sign in the Police Station register.


      In spite of the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox metropolitans, visiting the
      Kerala Chief Minister regarding these issues, there was no improvement
      in the situation..The Kerala Government also completely ignored the
      Sathyagraha organised by the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church
      metropolitans and priests in front of the Secretariat. The then minster
      Mr Ganesh Kumar had promised an improvement in the treatment meted out
      to the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church by the Kerala Government, during
      the Piravom election .But, the promises were not kept. It is alleged
      that the pro Methran kakshi (Indian “Orthodox “) stance of the personal
      staff members are also behind this.

      The Kerala police baton
      charged ( lathi charged ) the Jacobite syriac Orthodox faithful in front
      of His Beatitude Mor Basilious Thomas I Catholicose, on the evening ,
      of the very same day that the voting ended.

      The incident of the
      Kerala Police brutal handling of the situation , including breaking the
      spectacles of the HB Catholicose Thomas I, during the Prayer meeting (
      Prarthana Yagnam) at St Peters and St Pauls Jacobite Syriac Orthodox
      church , Kurinji (under the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox diocese of
      Kandanad), clearly illustrates the attitude of the Kerala Government to
      the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church .

      The hands of the personal
      staff members of the Kerala Chief Minister Mr Ommen Chandy are
      suspected to be behind the denial of basic human rights of worship and
      the witch hunt of innocent Jacobite Syriac Orthodox faithful.The
      leadership of the Antiochian Samithi urged the authorities to conduct
      and thorough investigation and to bring the truth behind these
      incidents.

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