VELLORE: Two persons were arrested for allegedly promoting Christianity in the Gudiyattam Government Hospital on Tuesday.
The police arrested Radha Krishnan (65) and H Anitha (39), who are cousins and residents of Melalathur. According to police officials, Anitha’s husband Henry Pula was a pastor in a church in Melalathur. He died 40 days ago due to a chronic disease. So, Anitha gave loaves of bread and Bibles to 60 patients in the government hospital as a form of ritual in Gudiyattam on Tuesday.
Hindu Munnani, a right wing outfit complained to the duty doctor Usha and she alerted the police officials. “It seems the duo was promoting Christianity. We have arrested them and remanded them in jail. Further inquiry will reveal the truth,” said a senior police official of Gudiyattam.
A case was registered under section 447 (Punishment for criminal trespass) and 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) in Gudiyattam town police station.
An 85-year-old temple priest in Yelagiri succumbed to burn injuries after his dress caught fire while lighting the lamp in the temple premises on Tuesday.
The deceased K Duraiswamy, a resident of Yelagiri was the priest of the local Vinayagar temple for the last 18 years.
The police said that on Tuesday night, his dress caught fire while lighting the lamp. Soon the fire spread over his body. He died on the way to Dharmapuri GH.