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Lookout Notice Against Hindu Helpline Worker for Assaulting Pastor in Kerala

The issue came to light after a video emerged on social media wherein Gopinathan can be seen threatening and trying to manhandle pastor Abraham Thomas. When police came to know of the video, they took the pastor’s statement and registered a case.

Neethu Reghukumar | CNN-News18

Updated:June 12, 2018, 4:35 PM IST
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Lookout Notice Against Hindu Helpline Worker for Assaulting Pastor in Kerala
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Thrissur: The Kodungalloor police in Thrissur district has issued a lookout notice against Gopinathan, a Hindu helpline worker on charges of assaulting a pastor and trying to create communal disharmony.

The issue came to light after a video emerged on social media wherein Gopinathan can be seen threatening and trying to manhandle pastor Abraham Thomas. When police came to know of the video, they took the pastor’s statement and registered a case.

According to the police, the incident occurred on June 6 when Thomas, along with two others, was in Valiya Panikkan Thuruth area distributing pamphlets. This is when Gopinathan and one other person proceeded to stop them from doing so.

The duo is seen assaulting the pastor and his aides alleging that they were trying to convert Hindus. The video further shows Gopinathan threatening Thomas saying that this is a 'Hindu Rashtra' and that this was a 'Hindu-dominant area'. Gopinathan is also seen forcing Thomas, as well as the others, to tear the pamphlets.

On June 8, Police registered a case against Gopinathan and one other who couldn’t be identified. They have been charged with Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (Criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done with the furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Both accused are still at large.
| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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