Deccan Chronicle - - Region - D. SIVA RAMI REDDY I DC

Four peo­ple have been taken into cus­tody for “ac­tively prop­a­gat­ing Chris­tian­ity” at Srisailam and re­manded to ju­di­cial cus­tody on Satur­day.

The four were booked un­der Sec­tion 3 of the Andhra Pradesh Prop­a­ga­tion of Other Re­li­gions in Places of Wor­ship or Prayer (Pro­hi­bi­tion) Act,

2007 (Act 24 of 2007). The sec­tion pro­vides for three years’ im­pris­on­ment, if con­victed, along with a fine of up to

`5,000 or both, said At­makur DSP Venka­trao.

Pro­vid­ing de­tails, the of­fi­cer said Peter and Timothy, res­i­dents of Sun­nienta, along with two oth­ers from Mah­bub­na­gar in Te­lan­gana and Uyyur in Kr­ishna dis­trict, were found hold­ing bi­bles and con­spic­u­ously read­ing out pas­sages at Ru­dra Park in Srisailam on Fri­day. They were ar­rested fol­low­ing a com­plaint re­ceived from au­thor­i­ties of Sri Bhra­ma­ramba Mal­likar­juna Swamy Tem­ple.

The four were pro­duced be­fore the Nandyal court, which has re­manded them to ju­di­cial cus­tody. Peter was held un­der the same Act for a sim­i­lar of­fence in 2018. That case against him has been pend­ing in court, the DSP dis­closed.

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