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Why Madurai Pastor followed the policy of “robbing peter to pay paul”? Do the Christians want to replay “Liberation Theology” again?

June 15, 2020

Why Madurai Pastor followed the policy of “robbing peter to pay paul”? Do the Christians want to replay “Liberation Theology” again?

Pastor arrested for stealing bikes TOI, 13-06-2020-1

Pastor Samuel, running Christian Brothers Assembly Church arrested for stealing bikes: As a pastor he was a man of God who had heard many a confession, but for pastor Vijayan Samuel  K. Vijayan alias Samuel, 38 (according to The Hindu), his judgment day came on Saturday, 13th June 2020, when he had to confess to his crimes and police recovered a dozen stolen two-wheelers from him[1]. The 36-year-old pastor, originally from Theni, was running a prayer hall [Christian Brothers Assembly Church] at a rented place at Thanakkankulam on the outskirts of Madurai for the past two years[2].  Investigation showed that he pledged the two-wheelers with a second-hand vehicle dealer, Selvam, 42, in Tirupparankundram[3]. He too was arrested. According to police, contributions to Samuel’s prayer hall dried up due to the coronavirus lockdown[4]. Though he had stopped congregation services, he had to pay rent for the building which was around Rs. 10,000 a month. The pastor literally found his calling in bikes parked on roadsides with keys intact and started stealing them. As he could not make both ends meet. Hence, he resorted to stealing bikes, especially women’s scooters with keys in the ignition.

Pastor arrested for stealing bikes TOI, 13-06-2020-2

Stealing bikes, pledging, getting money ad paying for Prayer Hall: He would watch out for vehicles left behind by owners in commercial areas such as SS Colony, Subramaniyapuram and Thirumangalam in the city. Using a copy of the vehicle records, he would pledge them for money. He gave three such stolen vehicles to his family members in Cumbum and a couple of them to people who took part in his prayer services, say police. Samuel ran out of luck when he took one such stolen vehicle to a mechanic on Bypass Road in the city recently for repair. The mechanic, who found the two-wheeler to be similar to one lost by his customer recently, informed him about it. The customer soon arrived and confirmed that it was his stolen vehicle. They both alerted the Subramanipuram police who promptly picked up Vijayan when he returned to take possession of the vehicle on Saturday, 13th June 2020. “He parked his motorbike in the vicinity and rode away with the two-wheeler,” a police officer said. “He returned after some time to pick up his bike.”

Samuel arrested for stealing bikes, Polymer news,13-06-2020

The police caught the Pastor: A crime police team, led by Inspector S. Priya, launched a search after six bikes were reported missing in the last six months[5]. The breakthrough came when a then sub-inspector, A. Jai Sankar, chanced upon a photo and video footage of a suspect in bike theft cases[6]. Police said Samuel pledged his motorbikes with Selvam for a paltry price. And when he took a motorbike, stolen in March, for repair to a workshop, the mechanic noted his details. After ascertaining Samuel’s whereabouts, a special team picked him up at Thanakkankulam. Eleven stolen motorbikes, six from Subramaniyapuram, four from S.S. Colony and one from Tirumangalam, were recovered. Samuel and Selvam were remanded to judicial custody.

“liberation theology” and “robbing peter to pay paul” working in India: During 1980s, the Christians started experimenting with “Liberation theology” in Tamilnadu[7]. There was a spurt of literature produced in this aspect. The books of John C. B. Webster had been repeatedly quoted by the Indian theologians who were advocating “liberation theology.”[8] Violence was also subtly advocated by interpreting Bible and exploiting Latin American model in Indian context. The Indian Bank at Mamanglam branch was looted by two Catholic pastors and they were arrested in April 1980[9]. Ponparapi, Meensurutti, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and other areas around Chidambaram became hiding places for the extremist liberation theologians, Naxalites and Tamil-separatist groups. “robbing peter to pay paul” has been consciously operating among these groups. As they wanted to wage war against the government, they did not repent from carrying out violent methods and even killing people. The details need not be discussed here, but, it is suffice to note that the “liberation theology” and “robbing peter to pay paul” have been working still in the minds of certain Christian groups that are very dangerous for the unity and integrity of India. Under the serious Carona conditions, these are happening means, Indians have to be careful to contain them.

Madurai area notorious for communal clashes and violence [1989]: In October 1989, clashes started when John Pandian, 36, a member of a Christian community, in a speech Sept. 14, 1989 reportedly offended higher castes by threatening to kidnap the local leader´s daughter and marry her[10]. CM Karunanidhi told journalists the trouble started when a Harijan (low-caste) woman was found murdered in nearby Meenakshipuram village. Investigations revealed she was murdered by a mentally deranged man, who was arrested and later released. Subsequently, Pandian, addressing a public meeting, made derogatory remarks about the village president and asked Harijans to marry the president´s daughter by force, Karunanidhi said. The remark led to violence, he added. More than 100 homemade pistols were seized in and around Bodinaickanur village, mostly from Harijans. Many non-Harijans in the area also reportedly possessed licenced firearms, making the task of police difficult. Tirunelveli, Pandian´s home district, and nearby Kanayakumari district have large concentrations of Christians. His fiery speeches have periodically made news, and he was arrested several times on criminal charges[11].

Lieration theology fr Asia, books

India, Indian society and Indian survive with all onslaughts: With 130 billion population, India has been existing with all inherent and external interferences, exploitations and attacks. Even during the emergency, disastrous and Carona periods, Indians have bee exhibiting their humane values and that is why all have been going on well. It is very easy for any writer, journalist researcher, Christian, Mohammedan, Communist and of any other categories to criticize Indians, Indian social system and processes, religious system and beliefs. But, generally, everything has been going on smoothly, unless, these external forces disturb. From the intrusion of non-Indians, Mohammedans of many categories, to the occupation of colonial Europeans of many nations and groups, Indians have been minding their duties and responsibilities and carrying on their daily routines.  They could look at their societies, self-assess, audit and account, before coming to India and criticize. They can honestly, sincerely and faithfully, examine. Apprise and adjudicate as to why the belief in God has been going down among their believers.

India is criticized and Indians disparaged with bias and prejudice: A few “rebellions,” “uprisings” and “upsurges,” they could not contain but resorted to the most heinous criminal methods killing Indians with brutal force. The Mohammedans and the colonial Europeans till date have no guts to come out with their record of killing Indiands during their reigns in India and other Sian counties. And now they want to advise, lecture and tutor about human rights, animal rights and so on. Now, the American and European societies have been witnessing riots, violence and killings. And the much-maligned Asians have been watching them to note how uncivilized they have been with all their sophisticated infrastructures, filthy richness and dominating snobbery. For western, non-Indian and mentally Christian scholars, they have always bias in their minds[12]. They write more exaggerating blowing mole into big proportions, without appreciating the values cherished[13]. Just with the religious arrogance and made-up mindset, they want to criticize everything that is Indian.

© Vedaprakash

15-06-2020

Lieration theology violence for Asia, books

[1] Times of India, Tamil Nadu pastor steals bikes to pay rent for prayer hall, V Devanathan | TNN | Updated: Jun 15, 2020, 09:49 IST

[2] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/tamil-nadu-pastor-steals-bikes-to-pay-rent-for-prayer-hall/articleshow/76376682.cms

[3] Times Now, Unable to pay rent for prayer hall, TN pastor takes to stealing bikes; 12 vehicles recovered, Crime, Mirror Now DigitalMirror Now Digital, Updated Jun 15, 2020 | 13:32 IST

[4] https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/crime/article/unable-to-pay-rent-for-prayer-hall-tn-pastor-takes-to-stealing-bikes-12-vehicles-recovered/606675

[5] The Hindu, Two arrested for bike theft, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, MADURAI, JUNE 14, 2020 18:07 IST

[6] https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/two-arrested-for-bike-

theft/article31826859.ece

[7] Vedaprakash, Dalit Theology, Dalit Christianism, Dalit Christians: Problem, Myth, and Reality [1], August 15, 2015.

[8] https://socialsubstratum.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/dalit-christian-issue-exploited-by-indian-church-liberation-theology/

[9] Indian Express, Madras edition, April 10, 1986.

[10] Union of Catholic Asian News, Hindu Front blames Liberation Teology for communal riots in Madurai, , Updated: October 24, 1989 05:00 PM GMT

[11] https://www.ucanews.com/story-archive/?post_name=/1989/10/25/hindu-front-blames-liberation-theology-for-communal-riots-in-madurai&post_id=38777

[12] Wielenga, Bastiaan, It’s a long road to freedom: perspectives of biblical theology; the Old Testament, 1981.

[13] Wielenga, Bastiaan, Liberation Theology in Asia, in Rowland, Christopher (ed), The Cambridge companion to liberation theology. Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp.55-78.

CBI officers attacked, accused escaped and surrendered later: A struggle within government officials in tackling corruption!

April 16, 2016

CBI officers attacked, accused escaped and surrendered later: A struggle within government officials in tackling corruption!

Ashok Raja, the Sperintendent of Central Excise, who was caught by the CBI officers on April 8, 2016 night around 8 pm at Madurai.

How the issue started: Muruganandam of Nagamalai Pudukottai is engaged in the Cable TV operator service. Registering with the Service Tax (ST), he was paying Service Tax. However, during some verification, S. Ashok Raj, Superintendet of Central Excise raised some querries regarding non-payment of ST in certain cases. He said that either he had to pay the tax or give some amount to him to settle the issue. However, Muruganandam strongly felt that he need not pay. As he was getting calls fron Ashok Raj and Krishnan another officer, threatening and harassing, he decided to complain to CBI. When he informed, some CBI officials including Balachandran, Krishnan came to Madurai. They asked Muruganandam to go to the office of S. Ashok Raj to offer money so that they could catch him redhanded.

9 booked for attack on CBI sleuths The Hindu 10 April 2016

Friday (08-04-2016) evening – the CBI operation started: Accordingly, he went there on 08-04-2016 and started doing what CBI said. Thus, Ashok Raja and his colleague were ‘trapped’ by the CBI at the office of Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax at Bibikulam on Friday (08-04-2016) evening, while Muruganandam was offfering bribe-money. The sleuths reportedly caught him red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs. 75,000 from Muruganandam. Then, CB took them to their office for further enquiry, investigation and statement recording. As the CBI officials were recording their statements, an armed gang stormed the office and attacked the five-member team with wooden logs and iron rods. Different versions appeared in the media about the no. of persons, the nature of persons, the weapons used etc. Two CBI sleuths sustained injuries. The gang destroyed some of the evidence collected in connection with the bribery case, tearing the statement papers and took away the bribe money. The CBI sleuths had complained to the city police that they had found Rs. 2 lakh unaccounted cash in the office during the trap. Even that money was taken away by the gang while whisking away the two accused from the CBI custody.

In a filmi style, an armed gang attacked a team of CBI officials – The Hindu describes: In a filmi style, an armed gang attacked a team of CBI officials and rescued a Central Excise official who was reportedly trapped in a bribery charge at the Customs office in Madurai on Friday night (08-04-2016)[1]. The CBI sleuths, including Inspector Murugan, sustained bleeding injuries. The incident is said to have happened at around 8 p.m. at the office of the Commissioner of Customs Central Excise and Service Tax located at Bibikulam. According to police sources, the team of five CBI officials trapped the Superintendent at around 5 p.m. Even as the central investigating officials were recording the statements an armed gang barged into the office and started attacking the officials[2]. The gang also destroyed some of the papers and whisked away the excise official. The injured CBI officials were taken to a private hospital in the vicinity. A team of Madurai city police officials, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Bandi Gangadhar was probing the incident.

Involvement of office bearers of the CEOA School and police enquiry: The police said that the whole incident had occurred in the presence of two official witnesses during the trap. The city police was still on the lookout for the assailants of the daring attack on the sleuths. Senior officials of CBI from Chennai were camping in Madurai for the last two days. Meanwhile, a special team of the CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch on Monday (11-04-2016) conducted a raid on the Central Excise Officers Association (CEOA) school in Madurai and seized documents relating to its financial transactions. Since the prime suspects were office bearers of the CEOA School, a search was conducted on their premises and school. The CBI’s Superintendent of Police met the Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise in Madurai to register strong protest against the attack and seek a detailed enquiry into alleged irregularities[3]. Many officials managed to remain in the same posting for several years which was one of the reasons for certain corrupt practices in the department, the official said[4]. Police yet to trace the official who was rescued away by gang during questioning.

Habeas corpus petitions filed for the wives of the accused and dismissed (10-04-2016 to 13-04-2016): Two habeas corpus petitions have been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here accusing Tallakulam police in the city of keeping in illegal custody the wives of two Central Excise employees accused of having absconded after assaulting Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials during a trap operation on Friday (08-04-2016)[5]. One of the two petitions had been filed by S. Mariyammal (63), mother of the prime accused S. Ashokraj, a Superintendent in the Central Excise Department. She claimed that the police had kept her daughter-in-law A. Suganya and the latter’s sister G. Vani, both serving as Managers in a nationalised bank here, in illegal custody since the incident[6]. In the other petition, C. Perumal (43) of Naganakulam here said that he was the brother-in-law of N. Krishnan, a Havildar in the Central Excise Department. He also accused Tallakulam police of having kept Krishnan’s wife K. Paju alias Panchavarnam in illegal custody and refusing to release her until her husband’s arrest or surrender. Both the petitions are expected to be listed for hearing on Tuesday (12-04-2016), dismissed subsequently, as they were released by the police after investigation.

The police registered a case and started investigation (10-04-2016): Deputy commissioner of police (law and order), Madurai city, Bandi Gangadhar said they were yet to make any progress in the case, three days after the incident[7]. They had formed nine special teams led by inspectors, which are closing in on the culprits, he said. The city police have filed attempt to murder and dacoity cases against central excise superintendent Ashok Raja, Krishnan and seven others, and are searching for them. The movements of family members, colleagues and other people who were in close contact with the accused are being closely monitored[8]. The police picked up a few of them and conducted inquiries in this connnection of the absconding officers[9]. Based on a complaint lodged by Mr. Murugan, the Tallakulam police had registered a case of rioting, criminal trespass, assaulting government official to deter him from discharging his duty, attempt to murder, dacoity and criminal intimidation[10]. The team of five CBI sleuths, comprising three Inspectors, were taken by surprise when the armed gang barged into the office room where the statements of “bribery case” accused were being recorded. Though the police claimed that the identity of the gang was yet to be established, a city police team enquired with the staff members of a school in the city in this connection. The police said that a key management person of the school was absconding. The city police said that the Central investigation team had not sought police security during the “trap”. The accused include two employees of Central Excise Department[11].

CBI officers attacked – one of the rare cases: A CBI official alleged that “….the gang of about 10 rowdies came to the office premises in four and two-wheelers and attacked them…..also tried to destroy the evidence collected against the official, but we were able to secure some of it. We believe that the attackers could have links with ‘Climax’ Raja, a retired Central Excise officer who is associated with the Central Excise Officers Association.” The local police, which are looking into the incident, believe that a private school is linked to the case as CBI officials have apprehended one of the school management-level officials. A total of 15 members have been picked up for interrogation, said police sources. Inspector general S Murugan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) Bandi Gangadhar visited the spot to conduct inquiry. A special team has been formed to investigate the incident. “This is one of the rare cases where CBI officials were attacked at a Central government office itself. This shows how deep rooted is corruption,” said a CBI official, unable to contain seething anger[12]. The CBI officials were unarmed as arms are usually not required during the trap proceedings. One of the injured CBI officials is recovering in the hospital, while the condition of other is stated to be stable.

The main accused S. Asok Raja surrendered on 13-04-2016 at Chennai: Meanwhile, Police sources here said that S. Ashokraj, the main accused in the case relating to the attack on Central Bureau of Investigation officials in Madurai on April 8.2016, and a Superintendent in Central Excise Department, surrendered before V Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Wednesday 13-04-2016 (after five days)[13]. From April.8 onwards, his whereabouts were not known and therefore, it is intriguing as to how he cxame over to Chennai from Madurai from 08-04-2016 to 13-04-2016. Definitely, he hasd been in contact with his close associates and others. The court remanded him in judicial custody till April 27[14]. Court officials informed the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI about his surrender[15]. After judicial formalities, he has been lodged in the Puzhal jail. The case is posted on 27-04-2016.

Totally 8 persons have been arrested by the Police so far (15-04-2016): Five persons wanted in connection with the April 8 attack on CBI officials surrendered before a court in Vadipatti here today (15-04-2016)[16].

  1. Kannan,
  2. Parthasathi,
  3. Subramani,
  4. Nagenthirakumar and
  5. Chellamuthu

surrendered before a court in Vadipatti, police said. They were remanded to 15 days judicial custody and later taken to the central prison in Madurai, police said[17].

Three persons, including another Superintendent of Central Excise Department were arrested on April 13.

  1. Samy, the Superintendent,
  2. Muthupandy – a driver and
  3. one Sararavanan, who were also remanded to 15 days judicial custody by a court.

About the surrender of Ashok Raj has already been mentioned. Krishnan is still absconding.

Last word: After the introduction of “assessees-friendly” Rules, most of the litigation is reportely reduced. Therefore, raising frivilous objections in interpretation etc., need not be resorted to by the officials. It is generally said that the “benefit of doubt” should be given to the assessees, the tax-payers. Under such circumstances, the happening of this type of incidences would create negative impact in improving economic scenario. Moreover, this type of violative, aggressive and belligerent reactio from the government service is totally unacceptable creating wrong impression among others. The responsible officers in question connected with one school and their wives working as Managers in Bank need not have resorted to such acts. As “moral values” are neglected and even made fun of, this type of tendencies have been on increase. Under corruption handling and management, more complication is created.

[1] The Hindu, Gang attacks CBI officials, frees ‘detained’ excise superintendent, Madurai, April.9, 2016, Updated: April 9, 2016 05:44 IST.

[2] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/gang-attacks-cbi-officials-frees-detained-excise-superintendent/article8453508.ece

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/cbi-seizes-cash-jewels-from-excise-officials-house/article8463453.ece

[4] The Hindu, (With additional inputs from S. Vijay Kumar in Chennai).

[5] The Hindu, Habeas corpus petitions filed, Madurai edition, April 12, 2016; Updated: April 12, 2016 05:46 IST

[6] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/relatives-of-officials-file-habeas-corpus-petition/article8463451.ece

[7] Times of India, Three days after attack on CBI team, cops still clueless, TNN, Apr 12, 2016, 06.53 AM IST

[8] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Three-days-after-attack-on-CBI-team-cops-still-clueless/articleshow/51787704.cms

[9] The Hindu, CBI seizes cash, jewels from Excise official’s house, Madurai, April.12, 2016; Updated: April 12, 2016 05:46 IST.

[10] The Hindu, 9 booked for attack on CBI sleuths, Madurai, April 10, 2016; Updated: April 10, 2016 05:45 IST

[11] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/9-booked-for-attack-on-cbi-sleuths/article8456657.ece

[12] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Thugs-Attack-CBI-Men-to-Save-Tainted-Babu/2016/04/10/article3372496.ece

[13] The Hindu, Attack on CBI officials: main accused surrenders, Madurai, April.15, 2016; Updated: April 15, 2016 05:42 IST

[14] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Central-excise-official-who-escaped-from-CBI-custody-surrenders-before-Chennai-court/articleshow/51828621.cms

[15] The Times of India, Central excise official who escaped from CBI custody surrenders before Chennai court, A Selvaraj,  TNN, Apr 14, 2016, 07.11 PM IST.

[16] PTI, Attack on CBI officials; 5 surrender in court, April.15, 2016: 21.50 Hrs.

[17] http://www.ptinews.com/news/7337822_Attack-on-CBI-officials–5-surrender-in-court.html