Catholic priest ends life following 'anti-national' FIR for sharing Manipur violence post

Daijiworld Media Network – Bhopal (EP)

Bhopal, Sep 18: Father Anil Francis, the manager of St Alphonsa Academy in Garhakota, Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh, has tragically taken his own life. His suicide comes in the wake of a police case that was filed against him a month ago for sharing a post related to Manipur violence on WhatsApp.

The FIR filed against Father Anil Francis accused him of insulting the national flag, and this legal trouble appears to have weighed heavily on his mind, according to priests from the Sagar diocese.

It's worth noting that the post shared by Father Anil Francis did not contain any content related to the national flag. Rather, some groups had allegedly pressured the police into registering the case against him, as stated by Fr Jose Malekudy.

Father Anil Francis was a dedicated individual who adhered to the principles he taught, emphasized Fr Sabu Puthanapurakal, the PRO of the diocese.

"The Christian organizations and priests in Madhya Pradesh, including Father Anil Francis, have been targeted by the BJP. Furthermore, the British government had leased land to the diocese for St Francis Orphanage, which has been operating there for the past 50 years. However, the lease has not been renewed, despite multiple applications submitted. Last year, there were attempts to relocate the children associated with the orphanage with the assistance of the Children Welfare Committee. Some priests who intervened in an effort to prevent this were taken to the police station and assaulted during the process," he alleged.


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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Very tragic and unfortunate. Fr. Anil lacked courage to fight back. Millions would have supported him in his fight for justice. Insulting national flag was a false allegation to frame him and make the case stronger.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Communal forces with malicious minds are continuously targetting the Minority Community by levelling absurd allegations and meting out harrassment. The Police are of no protection to Christians. To vent out and spit the Venom of hatred for the good work done by our Priests and Religious Sisters, these communal forces roam sround to devour them. They are all protected. On the other side, suicides by religious people is increasing. This is due to the fear these forces have imbibed in them

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Very sad. May his soul rest in peace. I hold the British accountable for not relocating Indian Christians to Christian countries. We are being persecuted continuously here.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    'Relocating'? How? Boss the current Indian Catholics are descendants of their Hindu forefathers who converted subsequent to 1947.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    You cannot hold the British accountable for it since there was no demand from Christians for relocation or separate homeland. On the contrary some Britishers, now called Anglo Indians, preferred to stay back in India.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    commiting crime is okay for right wing but sharing it to seek justice is a grave crime. no wonder they drink cow urine which is the opposite for food

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  • Af,,,, mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Millions of people have posted brutal crime on manipur on watsapp, so what ? why only case agaisnt the priest? nonsense people , the whole world knows what was happend in manipur ,

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Mario I agree with your point ,But as a priest his duty to condemn also if something is happening wrong. If he is just keeping quite then what will happen his followers like us.Even Jesus condemned when people do wrong things .That's why he was crucified to forgive our sins

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  • Rajeev Shetty., Udupi.

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Is India a democratic country? A cold Emergency is imposed in India.

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  • Darrel, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Lord you are most powerful in this universe. Please look into the poor and down trodent.

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  • Thomas Andrade, Toronto

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Anyone who commits suicide, would do it only after coming to a conclusion that he or she cannot continue with the situation that they face. Being a priest, I strongly feel that he should have faced the persecution and fought for the people he was concerned. Sadly he could not face the situation and thought of ending his life. Afterall, he was also a humanbeing. He was not the first religious leader arrested or targeted for "anti-nation activities". The 80+ old priest, Stan Swamy, who fought for tribal rights in Jharkhand, was chained to his legs until he was on his deathbed as if he were a terrorist. Since BJP came to power, there are numerous such arrests of activists, journalists, etc. for questioning government action. I feel the regime is so powerful with draconian laws that the citizens cannot fight even peacefully. Only God can save India.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    R I P, brother ...

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    This authoritarian and dictatorial government have decided to make SC/ST and minorities as 3rd class citizens. They have to live like slaves with them... They have taken all the measures to suppress any force which raises against them with stringent laws... They have hijacked all the institutions replacing with their stooges.. If 2024 fails, then there are only 2 solutions left for all of us... Either God should do miracle or entire SC/ST, tribals, minorities and like minded majority people should start massive freedom movement which had happened against Britishers, without fearing for loss of life, property and imprisonment... No one would want to live like slave and fear and any freedom country. This country belongings to all and no one organization or party can hijack it..

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  • Mario, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    If your a religious person or priest swami or maulana, keep out of politics first thing. Your duty is to preach the word of God and not indulge in unwanted unnecessary things which will land you in controversy. If you as a religious person consider prayer powerful, pray instead of sharing unwanted things and never indulge in politics.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Hindutvavadis are a national shame

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  • Patrick Fernandes, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Yes all religious fanatics are a shame to the world Obsession of any kind is a sin .Moderation and tolerance only can bring peace and prosperity.Hate , violence and disharmony can only bring loss and destruction.

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    It's not suicide its sacrifice. Only those who every loved unconditionally or experienced an ounce of unconditional love will understand this step takes by Fr. Anil. The justice which won't be achieved in this realm will be achieved in spirit. And that Justice no man will escape.

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  • Leeda Fernandes, Bellore-Denmark

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    There should be case against those who responsible for the death of priest.

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  • Vijaya Simha, Pumpwell Flyover

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Bhajpillas ko hatao desh bachao

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  • j anantha /poojary, mangalore/bangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    blood of these innocnet will come haunting to those whoa re resposible , because these innocents dont worship the creator creation

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  • dk shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    any one dying unnaturally is truly a sad event christian’s of our country are more patriotic than others there contribution to society is unparalleled however this priest may not have got good support from his superiors and his community. where is the insult to flag??? he may have forwarded few youtube videos on manipur violence, in opinion he should have stood his ground, sad to see him ending life in a cowardly manner, pray for his soul to rest in peace

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Shocking news to hear Priest suicided.May his soul rest in peace.Whoever was the cause for his suicide or whatever it is,definately God will repay for them for doing harm.Cant rule out someone has the intention to make him to do this.Hope he has left back some death note?

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  • Vishnu hebbar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Sorry. God almightygoid person should have lived more.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    We are ruled by dictatorial government & we are under Emergency.

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