The police here have launched a probe into both the incidents.
The Jacobite Church will sever ties with the Orthodox Church if it continues human rights violations, warned representatives of the Jacobite faction.
The incident followed the death of Paul Varghese, 49, who was also the trustee of St John’s Jacobite Church, Njarakkad.
The Orthodox clergy were blocked by about 250 people from other parishes with the help of the police.
District Collector Adeela Abdulla said she had discussed the issues with leaders of both the factions.
Orthodox faction makes unsuccessful bid to enter Kothamangalam St Thomas Church, amid police protection; will approach High Court, says Ramban
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday granted two more weeks to the state government to file an affidavit explaining the details of chapels under the St Mary’s Church, Piravom.
When the petition came up for hearing, Orthodox faction’s counsel S Sreekumar submitted the Holy Mass was celebrated on Sunday under police protection.
A day after the government took control of Piravom Valiyapally (St Mary’s Syrian Cathedral), the town wore a deserted look on Friday.
When the petition came up for hearing, the government submitted that the police have removed all persons squatting inside and outside the church.
Besides, the High Court had directed the police to ensure maintenance of law and order on the church premises.
It is learnt he will hand over the church keys to the Kerala High Court on Friday.
High drama as Ernakulam district administration breaks open disputed Piravom church; takes control.
The Orthodox faction's move comes close on the heels of the Kerala High Court's direction last week to the police to provide protection to the faction to enter the church.
The last time the Orthodox faction conducted the Sunday mass was way back in 1974, following which this Church was under the control of the Jacobite faction.