Vizhinjam protest: Case registered against Archbishop for violating HC order

Protesters attacked Vizhinjam police station | Photo: S Sreekesh/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police registered a case against over 20 priests, including Latin Archdiocese Archbishop Thomas J Netto and Auxiliary bishop for violating the High Court order and damaging public properties. Several charges such as unlawful assembly, conspiracy, trespassing, impeding the duties of government officials, and hate speech were slapped on the protesters.

The First Investigation Report noted that the protesters contravened the High Court order and hindered the construction works of the port. The vehicles carrying construction materials were blocked and caused considerable loss to the government and Adani port through communal violence.

The FIR alleged that over 15 accused, including Archbishop Thomas J Netto, were involved in the conspiracy. The other accused attempted to barge into the extreme safe zone and caused destruction by attacking police. A loss of Rs 2.20 lakh has been estimated for the government and Adani port, particularly in this case.

In another case recorded on Saturday, Father Nicholas and Father Eugine Pereira were named as the first and second accused. Along with them, cases were registered against 60 persons including 6 priests. Charges of murder attempt have been imposed on the accused for allegedly unleashing an attack against those who protested in support of the Vizhinjam port.

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