Belagavi : Christians in Belagavi will be staging silent protests on Tuesday demanding the release of veteran Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy, a social activist from Jharkand who was arrested by NIA in October.
Fr Swamy (84) who has been working among the tribal and coal mine workers in Jharkhand and neighboring states was arrested according to Christians allegedly under false allegations of having naxal links. Similar protests for the release of Fr Stan Swamy are being held across the nation.
Jesuit priests belonging to Jesuit House along with the Christians in Belagavi region belonging to different denominations will be taking part in the silent and peaceful protests. Fr Swamy is having Parkinson Syndrome and other co-morbidities and consequently is prone to COVID-19.
The protests will be headed by Rev. Fr. Ronald D’souza, Rector, Jesuit House and Rev Bishop Derek Fernandes, Bishop of Diocese of Belgaum & Karwar. After gathering at Chennamma Circle at 11 am the protest rally will proceed to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submit a memorandum. A limited number of people will be participating due to Covid restrictions.