On the 29th of May 2016 at approximately 10:30 a.m., while the Sunday worship service of the Christ Embassy in Veyangoda in the Gampaha district was in progress, around 30 Buddhist monks along with 3 persons from the media and a group of around 150 people forcibly entered the church premises and began scolding the pastor and the congregation in derogatory language. The mob then proceeded to physically assault some of the members of the congregation, including women. During the incident, a few monks also questioned the legal validity of the church.
03 policemen arrived at approximately 10:50 a.m., but they did not immediately intervene or attempt to diffuse the situation. The pastor was then instructed by a police officer to stop his worship activities in order to maintain the peace. The pastor was also requested to produce any legal documents relating to the church. Subsequently, the police then dispersed the crowd.
The pastor arrived at the police station at around 11:30 a.m., to lodge a formal complaint. The Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the area police station informed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of the Gampaha District of the situation. The DIG convened an inquiry with the pastor at approximately 12 noon. The 03 reporters, 10 monks and the OIC were also present.
During the inquiry, the Buddhist monks reprimanded the pastor and demanded the police to ensure that he stops all religious worship activities. The DIG asked the pastor to produce any legal documents pertaining to the church.
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