Christian priest, 6 others held for holding mass at Church in Kerala

The chief minister said only those religious sites in rural areas have been given permission to reopen where 50 or less people visit per day on normal days. Representation purpose only. Photo: iStock.

A Christian priest was arrested on Wednesday (April 15) for conducting Holy Mass at a Church in Willingdon Island, in alleged defiance of government orders banning religious gatherings during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.

Fr Augustine along with six others were arrested for celebrating Mass at Stella Maris Church this morning, police said. They have been charged under IPC section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and relevant sections of the Kerala Epidemic Disease Ordinance, they said.

Later, the priest and others were released on station bail, they added.