A priest has been arrested for conducting mass despite strict direction to suspend services in the wake of coronavirus disease. The arrested has been identified as Father Poly Padayatti. He conducted the mass Monday morning at 6.30 am. He is the priest of Chalakudy Koodappuzha Nitya Sahaya Matha Church. A case has been taken against the devotees also for attending the mass. Nearly hundreds of people attended the service.
A police official of the Chalakudy police station said that the priest has been arrested and will be given bail. “It was for violating the guidelines that is in place. He will be given bail,” said the official requesting anonymity.
The incident occurred after the police came to know about a prayer session that took place at the Kudapuzha Nithyasahaya Matha Church, at Chalakudy, near here around 6.30am. The police took the priest into custody after learning about the incident.