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Kerala CM reacts to Catholic bishop’s ‘love, narcotic jihad’ statement, says not clear what he meant

Prime News, National (Thiruvananthapuram), Sept 11:- A day after Kerala’s Catholic church bishop triggered a controversy saying Christian girls were largely falling prey to “love and narcotic jihad” in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said those in responsible positions should be cautious not to make a religious division in society.

Speaking on the matter, Kerala CM said, “Pala Bishop is influential and a religious scholar. We’re hearing the term ‘narcotic jihad’ for the first time. The problem of narcotics doesn’t affect a particular religion alone, it affects society as a whole. We are worried about it.”

The chief minister continued and said, “We’re strengthening legal action. Narcotics don’t have colour of religion, its colour is anti-social. Not clear what he meant, not understanding that in what circumstances he said it. Those in responsible positions should be cautious not to make a religious division in society.”

The Bishop on Thursday said that wherever arms cannot be used, extremists were using such methods to destroy the youth belonging to other religions.

Muslim outfits protested the statement of Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, alleging that it was meant to create a communal divide in Kerala society.

Addressing devotees during a church celebration at Kuravilangad in this district, the Bishop said as part of the “love jihad”, non-Muslim girls, especially those belonging to the Christian community, were largely being converted after trapping them in love and being exploited and misused for destructive activities like terrorism. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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