The two Church priests namely Fr Thomas Pattamkulam, vicar of St Joseph Forane Church at Kollichal and his assistant vicar Joseph Orath have been booked for conducting mass. Around 150 persons attended the mass, despite strict direction to suspend services in the wake of Coronavirus disease in Kasaragod district, New Indian Express reported.
According to media reports, Rajapuram Inspector Babu Peringath said that the priests have been charged with Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 269 of the IPC.
IPC Section 188 stands for disobeying order passed by public servant and which can cause danger to human life, health or safety. IPC Section 269 stands for negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life.
Fr Pattamkulam said that he was unaware he was charged by the police. "But we had taken all precaution before conducting the mass, which was part of the Church's Feast. We had cancelled the celebrations and was conducting the mass," he said.
If convicted, the priests will face imprisonment up to six months, or fine of Rs 1,000 or both.