Ganapathy Pillai Maheswaran, a 73 – year – old Christian, died due to his illness and the family decided to bury his body in the public cemetery. While the funeral of a deceased Christian was taking place, at approximately 3 p.m., a mob of around 500 people disrupted the proceedings, stating that Christians cannot be buried in that cemetery. The mob then violently assaulted the Christians who had gathered for the funeral, with rods and footwear.
The police, the village officer, and the assistant village officer were informed of the incident and arrived at the scene. The assistant village officer suggested that the burial take place on land adjacent to the cemetery, but the mob opposed that as well. The mob then began to assault the police. At approximately 6:30 p.m., due to the pressure exerted by the villagers, the Christians were compelled to conduct the funeral in an area 15 km away under police protection.
FoRB related issue – Violence: non-physical
In this Circumstances Police charged the accused under 3 offences;