HQI unlawfully instructs pastor to register place of worship

March 12, 2018 

The pastor, along with 05 other Christians visited the Headquarters Inspector (HQI) of the Homagama Police Station at approximately 10 a.m. 01 Buddhist monk and 02 villagers who were involved in the previous day’s incident were also present at the police station. The HQI presented the pastor with a petition that had been filed against his religious worship activities. The HQI told the pastor to stop his religious activities until such time as he can find an amicable solution to the situation. He further told the pastor to register his place of worship with the Homagama Divisional Secretariat. The HQI, however, refused to provide any of his instructions in writing. The pastor discontinued his worship services for 02 weeks following this incident.