CSI retreat in Munnar: Two more Kerala priests succumb to Covid-19

CSI retreat in Munnar: Two more Kerala priests succumb to Covid-19

The priests' gathering was held at Munnar CSI Church from April 13 to 17 and was attended by around 450 priests.

Two more priests who had taken part in the Church of South India (CSI) annual retreat in violation of the Covid-19 protocol at Munnar in Kerala last month passed away battling the deadly disease on Wednesday.

Bino Kumar, the priest of Ambalakkala Parish in Thiruvananthapuram, and Y Devaprasad, priest of West Mount Church, died of Covid-19 on Wednesday. Both had been undergoing treatment at Karakonam Medical College Hospital for the past three weeks.

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With this, four priests who attended the annual retreat of the CSI church have died so far. The condition of a few priests currently undergoing treatment is said to be critical.

Around 450 priests, including Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop and CSI moderator of South Kerala diocese, participated in the annual church retreat conducted in Munnar in April. Following the event, at least 80 priests, including the bishop, turned Covid positive.

Meanwhile, the Idukki District Collector on Wednesday handed over the investigation report of the Devikulam sub-collector to the government for conducting a gathering in violating the Covid protocols.

The investigation report stated that the CSI church organised the gathering despite knowing that it was in violation of the norms. The report also recommended stern action against offenders.

Earlier, the police registered a case against the event organisers and the clergy and named Bishop Dharmaraj Rasalam and Church Administrative Secretary TT Praveen as the main accused.

The priests' gathering was held at Munnar CSI Church from April 13 to 17 and was attended by around 450 priests.

The priests were brought to Munnar in special buses from Thiruvananthapuram. Although some of the members experienced difficulties during the gathering, they thought it was because of climate change.

The CSI church claimed the gathering was conducted in two groups and that only 24 priests were affected by Covid.

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