‘No security’ for attacked churches, one more centre attacked - Sri Lanka Guardian


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Monday, January 13, 2014

‘No security’ for attacked churches, one more centre attacked

|  by BBC Sandeshaya and the Sri Lanka Mirror

( January 13, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A group of Christian priests have voiced their concern over the lack of adequate security for their churches in Baddegama, which were attacked by mobs.

Pastor Chinthana Prasanna of the Assembly of God (AOG) Hikkaduwa, (Baddegama Road) says that the prayer centre sustained grevious damages from the attack, adding that a Buddhist monk who was with the mobs had threatened him with death.

Two prayer centres in Hikkaduwa were attacked by mobs last morning (12) which included Buddhist monks as well as laymen.

Pastor Chinthana said that the Buddhist monks who were present have been identified and their names handed over to the police.

Though a complaint was made over an online call made to join hands to shut down these two prayer centres, adequate police personnel were not deployed for security, pastor Chinthana said.

He further said that the few police officers deployed were unable to stop the mobs.

Following the attack on the AOG, the mobs had attacked the Calvary Free Church and had continued a sit in protest on the road, he added.

Speaking, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana admitted that there has been a 'inactivity' in the police due to the lack of adequate police power.

After watching the evidence recorded in videos, measured will be taken against any person who acted in an illegal manner, the police spokesman added.

Prayer centre in Homagama torched

A prayer centre in a home in Pitipana, Homagama has been set on fire by an unidentified group early last morning (Jan. 12).

Members of the house has been present when the event took place around 2.00am, police say.

On Jan. 11, a 'final warning' signed by a certain 'Sinha Senankaya' has warned to stop Buddhists being converted into Christianity using funds of World Vision. If not, they will not be responsible for the lives and property, the notice has further warned.

The warning was fixed to the parapet wall of the house.

Speaking, the house owner said that though they spent several sleepless nights and even went to bed after midnight on Jan. 11, a group had set fire after 2.00am.

He said that as they woke up soon after the fire was started, they were able to avert serious damage.

Though the fire had severely damaged windows and doors of the house, police say that the fire had not spread to the inside of the house.

Prayers are being held at this premises for around 15 years, reports say.

Police is yet to make any arrests with regard to the incident.

Meanwhile, two prayer centres in Hikkaduwa were attacked yesterday.