Sri Lanka Incident Report – NCEASL – January 2011

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National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL)    

Night attack destroying windows
Assembly of God Church
Middeniya (Hambanthota District)

January 23, 2011
The windows of the building were broken by a group of attackers during the night, while the pastor and his family were inside. In July 2008, they faced an arson attack carried out during the night, which caused damage to the building. A complaint was lodged with the Police.   

Church ordered to stop construction
Assembly of God Church
Norachcholai (Puttalam District) 

January 18, 2011
The ongoing reconstruction process of the Church was interrupted by a mob that arrived at the building site in the morning and shouted threats to stop construction. This church which was burned down on three previous occasions was being reconstructed with approval from the local government authorities as well as the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The pastor was instructed verbally by the Divisional Secretary (assistant government agent) to stop construction with immediate effect. He refused, on the grounds that the church had obtained all necessary approval to proceed with the construction. The pastor was later issued a letter dated 18th January 2011 by the Divisional Secretary, formally requesting that he stop construction.   

Pastor assaulted 
Corner Stone Church
Neluwa (Galle District)

January 5, 2011
The pastor and his family returned home in the night and were surprised by a man who had broken in to the house through a window. The intruder shouted threats at the pastor to stop conducting worship services and began assaulting the pastor. The cries of his family alerted neighbours to the scene, including the landlord of the pastor. The man assaulted the elderly landlord as well and escaped amidst the confusion. A complaint was lodged by the pastor at the Neluwa Police station on the same day at approximately 9.45 p.m. Complaint number MCR37/10C173/62.  The landlord too lodged a complaint at the same Police station. The Police arrested the intruder. He was released later with a severe warning, after he apologized to the pastor and to the landlord.