Kerala: Pala bishop Kallarangatt booked for ‘Narcotic Jihad’ remark

Over controversial statement on ‘narcotic jihad’, Kuravilangad Police in Kottayam has registered a case against Syro Malabar Church Pala diocese bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt. The bishop has been booked on Monday according to the order of Pala Magistrate court.

District president of the All India Imams Council, Abdul Asees Moulavi has registered a complaint with the Kuravilangad police station following the controversial speech. However, no action was taken by the police over the complaint. Later, the All India Imams Council approached the magistrate court and filed a petition.

While considering the petition, the court ordered the police to start an investigation on the same.

The Kuravilangad police have filed a case against Bishop Kallarangatt under some sections of IPC, including 153 A (promoting disharmony and enmity between religious groups) and 153 B (making prejudicial references).

The Pala bishop house has said that they will handle the case legally.

Speaking at a function at Marth Mariam Pilgrim Church at Kuruvilangad in Kottayam district on September 9, Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangat alleged that non-Muslims in Kerala are subjected to “Love and Narcotic Jihad”, which is spoiling lives, especially of the youth, by making them addicted to drugs.

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