Tension during march to ‘Kurisumala’

A march by the faithful to the ‘Kurisumala’ (Mount of the Cross) in nearby Bonacaud turned violent on Friday leading to lathicharge, the police said.

Priests and the faithful under the Neyyantinkara Latin Catholic Diocese took out a procession to install a new holy cross in the place of one which got damaged a few months ago.

Authorities had on Thursday itself informed the Church that they would not be allowed to enter the forest land in violation of rules.

Trouble started as the protesters broke the police barricade and started pelting stones at police, the police said.

The agitators ran helter-skelter when police used lathis to disperse them.

A few policemen and 11 protesters were injured in the melee, the police said.

The injured protesters have been admitted to the medical college hospital.

(Agencies)

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