The Jacobite faction on Monday started five-day long sit-in protest at Marine Drive. The protest is against the takeover of churches by their rival faction, Times of India reported.
The issue between Jacobite and Orthodox Christians is not resolved yet after the High Court's interference. The Jacobite Syrian Christian Church demanded that courts should re-examine its orders.
"Locks were broken, doors destroyed and faithful forcibly driven out of the churches. The police are continuing with their inhumane act, and favouring the rival faction. We are grieving through this satyagraha," said Kuriakose Mar Theophilose, Church spokesperson.
"If we have taken any cent of the Orthodox faction, we are ready to give them back, but we have nothing to give them back here. They are forcibly taking away our Churches, and we are not willing to give any of our Churches," Church spokesperson added.
According to media reports, the Jacobite Christians demanded that lower courts should refrain from issuing orders on 357 Churches since the cases related to these Churches are pending in the Supreme Court. The apex court had sought a report on 304 cases, which should duly be submitted. The Church has come out strongly against the police too.