Several cases have been filed against Christian preacher Mohan C Lazarus, founder of Jesus Redeems, for spreading communal enmity through hate speech, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The cases were registered against him after in a speech he claimed the Hindu temples to be stronghold of Satan. He also claimed that the Satan has targeted the state of Tamil Nadu, while referring to the large number of temples across the state. In a video that has gone viral, Lazarus is seen saying that Tamil Nadu is a stronghold of demon (Satan) as no other state in India.
“Only in Tamil Nadu you can see big temples which are Satan’s strongholds. There are no places like Tamil Nadu where there are temples, its towers and places. Why has Satan targeted Tamil Nadu and made it his stronghold?” he told a prayer meeting.
The cases against him were registered on the basis of three separate complaints at three different police stations. The first complaint was filed at Sulur police station by a BJP functionary named, R Jaihind Murugesan. Sulur police inspector Thangaraj registered a first information report(FIR) against Lazarus under Sections 153 (A) (1) (a) (b) and 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code.
Another complaint was filed at Karumathapatti police station by an unidentified BJP functionary, based upon which a case has been registered under Sections 153 (A) and 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code.
A third complaint was filed at Pollachi police station by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Deputy Secretary, Manoshankar.
Born in a Hindu family as Murugan, Lazarus is notorious for controversial remarks and had played a significant role in Tuticorin protests.