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The sojourn of Thailand and Indonesian clergy to Tamil Nadu mosques and the Corona virus or COVID-19 implications [2]

March 27, 2020

The sojourn of Thailand and Indonesian clergy to Tamil Nadu mosques and the Corona virus or COVID-19 implications [2]

The carona carriers Thailans, 25-03-2020

Coronavirus Update: the 54-yr-old man with no travel history dies of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu: Is such myth created that only the persons with foreign travel records or going aboard and coming back to India alone would have Covid-18 and others would not have. The man, who was the 12th patient to test positive in the state, which has 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, had comorbid conditions like “uncontrollable diabetes and hypertension” and COPD [Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease][1]. The 54-year-old man had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid-dependent COPD, uncontrolled diabetes with hypertension, says Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar[2]. Thus, the media went on publishing almost the same stuff without giving the background of the victim, because, none would get such serious disease, by sitting in Madurai far away from the Covid-19 or Carona virus spreading source-countries. It is evident that the state government tried to hide the facts by dubbing it as death not due to Corona virus or COVID-19.

Silent burial for Madurai victim The Hindu 26-03-2020

The victim was a construction contractor and the places of his regular visits including the mosque: Madurai Collector TG Vinay told Express that[3], “The patient, an employee of a construction company, was not a regular visitor to the construction site. However, he did go to the office. The places of his regular visits including the mosque, private hotel and the office have been disinfected by the corporation workers.” Without mentioning his name and other details, these details are given. The patient was rushed to a private hospital on 21-03-2020, Saturday with symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Doctors suspected viral pneumonia and he was tested for H1N1 (swine flu) before being shifted to GRH. On Sunday, 22-03-2020, when the test for H1N1 came negative, he was then tested for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the result this time was positive[4]. Yes, it was “unfortunate,” but, he could have informed the authorities immediately.

Indonesian contats to declare themselves, Makkal Kural, 26-03-2020

The victim had been with the Thailand preachers: The man had attended a wedding reception on March 9 at a city hotel, which also accommodated tourists from Thailand and Indonesia[5]. Though they have been Muslims, who have come for religious, propagandist and conversion purposes, but, on a tourist visa to circumvent the law of this land and as well as to avoid any controversy arising thereof. On March 13, the patient organised a religious meeting with preachers from Thailand at an Anna Nagar mosque, to which he was a regular visitor. Sources at the Madurai health department told Express that the group had been visiting the city as part of a tour of religious places.[6] Officials said the patient came in contact with the group when they visited a private lodge in the city on March 12 and 13. Officials said the group arrived at Madurai airport on March 12 and visited several mosques in the city. As a result, at least 60 persons had been placed under home quarantine.

16 foreigners came to Kanchipuram to spread Islam, Makkal Kural, 26-03-2020

From Erode to Madurai how the Corona virus was spread by the foreign missionaries: Two of them [the Thailand preachers] had tested positive and have been admitted to IRT, Perundurai[7]. Within hours of the death, the last rites of the 54-year-old man were completed before the break of the dawn after the body was handed over to the kin[8]. The body was shifted directly to the burial ground around 3.30am after the authorities completed hospital procedures[9]. The body was alighted from the hearse van and kept at the ground for an hour until a pit was dug. There were only four people present during final rites — his wife, son and two brothers. A team from Madhichiyam police station, that had accompanied the body, was also present[10]. No medical team or sanitation officers were present during the burial, which was completed by 5am. “The last rites were completed with very few family members and a representative from the local Jamath. Everything was completed according to the procedure,” the official said. A top district official told DH that the man was buried according to the standard operation procedure (SOP) laid out by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Indonesians carona affected, Ilaiyankudi, Tamil Hindu 26-03-2020

Two groups must have visited Tamil Nadu with specific agenda: From the Tamil and English media, the following details are gathered and arranged chronologically: The foreign Islamic preachers visited the mosques as follows:

12-03-2020

13-03-2020 to 15-03-2020

16-03-2020 to 18-03-2020

19-03-2020 to 21-03-2020

22-03-2020

Suramangalam, Rahmat Nagar mosque

Chevvaippettai, Milk market mosque

Ayyampettai, Sheikd Omar mosque

Sanyasikundu, Bhukariya mosque

Jamat-ul-Firdhosh mosque

So after declaring the danger of COVID-19, these preachers were roaming from mosque to mosque indulging in religious activities as the media report variously. Evidently, the mosque authorities have not informed the concerned authorities about the visit, sojourn and activities of the Islamic preachers.

The other sojourn dates are given as follows: February 26th, 2020, four couple each of 16 Indonesians and Malaysians came to New Delhi Dabliq Jamat. They visited Kanchipuram mosques.  Then, they sojourned to many mosques situated in the towns and villages as follows:

06-03-2020 to 08-03-2020

08-03-2020 to 10-03-2020

10-03-2020 to 12-03-2020

12-03-2020 to 14-03-2020

14-03-2020 to 16-03-2020

16-03-2020 to 20-03-2020

20-03-2020 to 23-03-2020

Madurai

Ramanathapuram

Ervadi

Vallakulam

Oppilan

Kizhaslvanur

theraveli

They had gone to each and every mosque and preached about prayer and other methods. As the two sets of dates and places differ, it is evident that two different groups must have come – one from Thailand and another from Indonesia with a specific agenda. And te local mosques must have well been aware of the program in advance, as otherwise, they could not have gone there on dates as noted above.

Sultanpet, Erode, The Hindu photo

Readers, the general public and others might not understand the bias: It can easily be noted that the news reportings have been impartial, biased and suppressing facts. They have been very meticulous to record that according to the doctor, minister, report etc., without going into the details. Otherwise, they claim themselves as “investigative” journalists probing into every aspect and they know everything. But, here, they do now who would be going to mosque or not. They do not know the name of the person died with Corona virus or  COVID-19. Why the Islamic preachers from Thailand and Indonesia came, why they visited mosques, why the mosques are getting infected and they disinfected………nothing is known to them. They know only what the TN government officials said, Minister tweeted and so on. Here, such bias has been exhibited only by them and the ordinary readers did not know, till he mosques were / are disinfected.

Erode Sultanpettai,GOOGLE, 24-03-2020

Do the Islamic preachers and Indian counterparts have any agenda behind their secret sojourns?: After reading the reports, it is surprising to note as to why the Islamic preaches took such risky sojourn making themselves as prey to the COVID-19 and travelled parts of Tamil Nadu. And also why the invitees and sponsors have dared to accommodate them and carried on their activities. Though, none could have any prejudice against the Muslims, because of the past experience, naturally, a reasonable doubt arises as to whether such daring exercise could be part of their new method of jihad. In fact, already, there have been mentionings of “Corona Jihad” and so on. As the martyrdom and saheed-doms have been unique in Islam, the suicide bombers have already been in action killing many people and damaging properties. Then, suicide car bombers and plane bombers have also executed their attacks resulting in 26/11, and so on in different parts of the world. Therefore, the sane elements of Islam should prevent such new creed is not nurtured, developed and engaged in such destruction of humanity, as already, the COVID-19 has been in action. Let us not the fanatics and fundamentalist join to wipe out the earth. Let all believers pray to GOD to save the earth with the existing humanity.

© Vedaprakash

27-03-2020

Erode Kollampalayam, identified, 24-03-2020

[1] Hindustan times, Coronavirus Update: 54-yr-old man with no travel history dies of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu, HT Correspondent, INDIA Updated: Mar 25, 2020 10:12 IST.

[2] https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/coronavirus-update-54-yr-old-man-with-no-travel-history-dies-of-covid-19-in-tamil-nadu/story-GYNptVLD5O63zvu6SVoBIK.html

[3] Indian Express, Tamil Nadu records first COVID-19 death as Madurai patient succumbs, By Shobana Radhakrishnan, Express News Service, Published: 25th March 2020 02:54 AM | Last Updated: 25th March 2020 09:15 PM

[4] https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/25/tamil-nadu-records-first-covid-19-death-as-madurai-patient-succumbs-2121250.html

[5] News.18, Coronavirus Outbreak: Madurai Man With No Travel History Remains Critical, Says TN Health Minister, Nitya Thirumalai | Updated:March 24, 2020, 4:13 PM IST.(With inputs from Tamilarasi. D)

[6] https://www.news18.com/news/india/coronavirus-outbreak-madurai-man-with-no-travel-history-remains-critical-says-tn-health-minister-2549431.html

[7] Deccan Herald, 54-year-old who tested coronavirus positive dies; Tamil Nadu reports first COVID-19 death, E T B Sivapriyan, DHNS, Chennai, MAR 25 2020, 02:50 IST UPDATED: MAR 25 2020, 09:40 IST.

[8] https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/54-year-old-who-tested-coronavirus-positive-dies-tamil-nadu-reports-first-covid-19-death-817373.html

[9] Times of India, Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: Four family members, cops present at Madurai Covid-19 patient’s burial, Devanathan Veerappan | TNN | Mar 25, 2020, 13:40 IST.

[10] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/coronavirus-in-tamil-nadu-four-family-members-cops-present-at-madurai-covid-19-patients-burial/articleshow/74807523.cms

Whether the complaint made against Lazarus, FIR filed etc., have been stage-managed or really meant for persecuting the rabble riser evangelist who abused and even blasphemed!

November 23, 2019

Whether the complaint made against Lazarus, FIR filed etc., have been stage-managed or really meant for persecuting the rabble riser evangelist who abused and even blasphemed!

Lazarus calling temple as a place of satan The Hindu

Complaint registered based on video circulated in the Social media: Mohan C. Lazarus has been notorious for making anti-Hindu comments during his evangelization discourses. Though, he reportedly makes such tirade in his church, the videos have been in circulation. Evidently, he has contacts with the politicians, as he used to claim and declare that so and so has been Christian, or become Christians, soon he would declare so in the public. About Vaiko, he made such comments. In the same tone and tenor, he was seen declaring that the Hindu gods are satan and so on. Thus, the Hindus, after watching the videos started registering their protest and urging to take legal action against such rabble-rouser. According, the Hindu organizations have lodged complaints with police stations. The case was registered after a video of Mohan preaching went viral on social media[1]. In the video, Mohan, while referring to temples in South India, says[2], “Tamil Nadu has the most number of temples in India. These temples are in the grasp of Satan. The temples in Kumbakonam district are the habitat of devils.”

Lazarus petion filed dismissed- Indian Express

High Court ordered for providing details about the speech made, the place, date etc: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday 10-10-2018, directed the Nagercoil police not to file a charge sheet against evangelist Mohan C. Lazarus until further orders after it was established that the FIR registered against him for his remarks against Hindu gods carried no particulars of place, time or date of the alleged occurrence[3]. Justice N. Anand Venkatesh, hearing the plea of Mohan Lazarus, who sought to quash the complaint filed against him, questioned if a case could be booked under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) after it was alleged that the speech was made in a closed event[4]. The court sought an explanation to ascertain the facts of the event. Immediately, the police and the applicants should have submitted the details to the court, but, obviously, they did not do that. So actually, one cannot divine who helped him or gave room for such lacuna, so that the petitions could be quashed easily.

G K Ilanthiraiyan dismissed the petition against Mohan Lazarus

The media played hype role, instead of pointing out the lacuna: However, the media had been gleefully carried on the news that more complaints were made against the evangelist and so on. The action was taken against him based on three separate complaints lodged against him with three different police stations[5]. In the first instance, BJP functionary R Jaihind Murugesan, 43, of Uthupalayam near Arasur, lodged a complaint against the preacher with the Sulur police[6]. Based on the complaint, Sulur police inspector Thangaraj registered a first information report (FIR) against Mohan C Lazarus under Sections 153 (A) (1) (a) (b) and 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code[7]. Likewise, the Karumathampatti police registered a case against the Christian preacher under Sections 153 (A) and 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint lodged by another BJP functionary, whose identity couldn’t be ascertained[8]. In another instance, VHP district deputy secretary R Manoshankar, 35, of Pollachi, lodged a complaint against Mohan Lazarus with the Pollachi west police, who registered a case[9]. Further investigation is on[10].

Lazarus - Judge Anand Venkatesh

How the court gave hint that the speech made in public should be taken cognizance and so on: Justice N Anand Venkatesh[11], while hearing the petition filed by Lazarus seeking to quash the FIR registered based on a complaint by Hindu Munnani functionary Namburajan, observed that, “Any complaint must have certain preliminary requirements to make out an offence. However, the complaint, in this case, does not satisfy the requirements to attract section 295 (A) of IPC (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious beliefs).” He stated that in order to make out a cognizable offence under the above IPC section, the statement should have been made in a public meeting[12]. If the said statement had been uttered in a closed gathering in the nature of a private meeting, it cannot be cited as a cognizable offence under the above section, as the same would imply that no two persons can freely express their ideas or sentiments to each other in fear that they may be punished if it gets published in social media, the judge added. Criticising the Kottar police for filing FIR on a complaint that lacks the most important details as to where, when and on what occasion the alleged statement had been made, the judge directed the police to explain on what basis the FIR was registered by them.

Difference among the IPC sections

Details of IPC Sections 153A, 295 & 295A SECTION 153 A: The purpose of the Section 153 A is to punish persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attacks upon the religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc of any particular group or class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion. The jurisdiction of this Section is widened so as to make promotion of disharmony, enmity or feelings of hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities punishable. Offence on moral turpitude is also covered in this section. The offence is a cognizable offence and the punishment for the same may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. However, the punishment of the offence committed in a place of worship is enhanced up to five years and fine.

Ingredients of Section 153A:

  • The act of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste, community or any other group.
  • Acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different groups or castes or communities, if the acts disturb public tranquillity.
  • Acts causing fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity among members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community by use of criminal force or violence against them.

IPC and cyberlaw, Defamation law, effects

SECTION 295: Section 295 of the I.P.C makes destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred, with intent to insult the religion of a class of persons, punishable with imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine , or with both. This section has been enacted to compel people to respect the religious susceptibilities of persons of different religious persuasion or creeds.

Ingredients of Section 295:

  • The accused must do such an act with the intention of insulting the religion of any person, or with the knowledge that any class of person is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion.
  • The accused must destroy, damage or defile any place of worship or any object which is held as sacred by any class of persons.

 SECTION 295-A: The object of Section 295-A is to punish deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or the religious beliefs. This section only punishes an aggravated form of insult to religion when it is perpetrated with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of a class.

Ingredients of Section 295-A:

  • The accused must insult or attempt to insult the religion or religious beliefs of any class of citizens of India.
  • The said insult must be with a deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of the said class of citizens.
  • The said insult must be by words, either spoken or written, by signs or by visible representation or otherwise.
  • The offence under Section 295-A is cognizable and a non-bailable and non-compoundable offence.
  • The police have a power under to arrest a person charged under Section 295-A without a warrant.

However, the police did not arrest him.

IPC and cyberlaw

Lazarus gave a clarification that he made such speech in a pastors conference in 2014: Lazarus, in his petition, said the case of the prosecution was that he had spoken against Hindu gods and referred to them as Satan. He claimed that he did not intend to hurt anyone and the complaint was based on a speech delivered in 2014 at a pastors’ meet in Chennai, which was a closed event. Therefore, how and why the rel hate-speech made in 2014 in Chennai was not noticed and suddenly, it was circulated in 2019 is not known. As it was a private and closed event, as claimed and submitted before the court, how the video suddenly came out in 2014. The source could have been known to him or the persons involved in taking video or the church. As without which, it could not have been made available in Cyberspace. So if at all, anybody wanted to create trouble between two communities, it was the person who uploaded the video first in the internet. Even if it was done for publicity, then, Lazarus is responsible. Thus, instead of investigating in that way, the complaint made, FIR registered etc., were done mechanically, without application of mind or understand the legal provisions.

Mohan Lazarus clarification-1

Mohan Lazarus tactfully clarified that he was talking in a pastors meeting, according to his belief in a closed hall

Mohan Lazarus clarification-2

Mohan Lazarus tactfully clarified that he was talking in a pastors meeting, according to his belief in a closed hall

Lazarus petion filed dismissed- The Hindu

The petition has been dismissed with the provision of appeal: The Nagercoil police had booked him based on a complaint filed by Nambirajan of the Hindu Munnani under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and Section 295A of the IPC. Hearing in the case has been adjourned to October 24, 2018. Lazarus filed a petition explaining his stand and requesting to quash the FIR and further proceedings[13]. Accordingly, Judge G. K. Ilanthiraiyan allowed the petition filed by him and quashed the FIR filed by the Nagerkoil police[14]. The police has to file the closure of complaint to the applicant and the applicant, if has any grievance, he could approach appropriate court for getting redressal. Earlier, Lazarus also explained his position through a video uploaded as a clarification against the accusations made against him[15]. The whole affair exposed as to how the Hindutw forces have badly handled the case and cut a sorrow figure before the public, in spite of having contingent of lawyers and advocates.

© Vedaprakash

23-11-2019.

Lazarus petion filed dismissed- The Dinamalar

[1] India Today, Christian preacher booked for promoting enmity after video goes viral on social media, Lokpria Vasudevan , Chennai, October 3, 2018; UPDATED: October 3, 2018 18:02 IST

[2] https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/christian-preacher-booked-for-promoting-enmity-after-video-goes-viral-on-social-media-1354822-2018-10-03

[3] The Hindu, Explain basis for registering case against evangelist: HC Says FIR against Lazarus lacks details, STAFF REPORTER, MADURAI, OCTOBER 10, 2018 01:03 IST, UPDATED: OCTOBER 10, 2018 01:03 IST

[4] https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/explain-basis-for-registering-case-against-evangelist-hc/article25173085.ece

[5] Times of India, Hate speech: Christian preacher booked in Coimbatore, TNN | Updated: Oct 3, 2018, 10:59 IST

[6] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/hate-speech-christian-preacher-booked/articleshow/66046126.cms

[7] TheNewsMinute, 3 cases against evangelist Mohan C Lazarus for ‘promoting enmity between religions’, Priyanka Thirumurthy, Wednesday, October 03, 2018 – 16:18.

[8] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/3-cases-against-evangelist-mohan-c-lazarus-promoting-enmity-between-religions-89391

[9] The Hindu, More cases filed against evangelist Mohan Lazarus for his remarks against Hindu deities, Madurai bureau, IRUNELVELI, OCTOBER 03, 2018 19:28 IST; UPDATED: OCTOBER 04, 2018 01:36 IST.

[10] https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/case-filed-against-evangelist/article25114037.ece

[11] Indian Express, Madurai Bench slams Nagercoil police for registering FIR with

insufficient details, Published: 10th October 2018 09:30 AM | Last Updated: 10th October 2018 09:30 AM.

[12] https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2018/oct/10/madurai-bench-slams-nagercoil-police-for-registering-fir-with-insufficient-details-1883461.html

[13] The Hindu, HC quashes FIR against Mohan Lazarus, STAFF REPORTERNOVEMBER 22, 2019 21:32 IST, UPDATED: NOVEMBER 22, 2019 21:32 IST.

[14] https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/hc-quashes-fir-against-mohan-lazarus-madurai-nagercoil/article30053507.ece

[15] https://persecutionrelief.org/pr-mohan-c-lazarus-clarifies-about-the-allegation-made-against-him-by-religious-fanatics/