Munnar: Santhanpara Police have registered a case against Tom Skaria , the head of Spirit in Jesus sect, for encroaching government land in Pappathi Chola and installing a cross at the place.

A case of encroachment after trespassing on government property has been registered against Tom Skaria, who is the founder of the sect based in Thrissur.

Police have also registered a case against Mannuthi native Porinju for blocking revenue officials who had come for removing the encroachments.

Police said that both of them are absconding.

Udumbanchola Tahsildar MK Shaji had asked to register a case against Tom Skaria as per land protection laws. Police have registered the case accordingly. 

The team lead by Devikulam Tahsildar on Thursday had removed the cross and temporary buildings at the land encroached by Spirit in Jesus at Pappathi Chola.