At approximately 11.30 a.m., on the 16th of July, 2 police officers arrived at the church premises of the Church of Truth in Pallekele in the Kandy district and informed the pastor that they had received complaints regarding the church from the villagers. They informed the pastor that the church needed to be registered with the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs and ordered the pastor to stop all his religious worship activities until he obtained approval from the Ministry.
Prior to this, the pastor received a letter from the Urban Development Authority (UDA) claiming that he had not obtained approval from the Ministry to establish his church.
On the 23rd of July, the pastor received a letter dated 22nd July 2016 from the UDA, claiming the pastor’s religious worship activities as unauthorised and requesting him to attend a meeting on 24th July at 11 a.m. The letter also instructed the pastor to bring along a letter of proof from the Ministry of Christian Affairs and his deed documents.
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