Police repeatedly harass pastor; claim church unauthorised

October 26, 2019 

At around 11:00 a.m., 02 officers of the Deniyaya Police Station arrived at the church premises while a prayer meeting was ongoing. They were in civilian clothing. They demanded that the pastor stop his religious worship activities immediately and told the congregants to leave. They chastised the pastor for not heeding to their previous warning and stated that his church was unauthorised and needed to be registered if he wished to continue. The congregants were made to disperse but the pastor asked that the police convey this order in writing.