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Methodists call for silent protest over Anuradhapura incident

Methodist leaders are calling on their supporters to join them in a silent vigil to support their congregation in Anuradhapura.

The small worship center in Anuradhapura has come under repeated attack and the Church is complaining of police inaction.

Yesterday Bishop Asiri Perera head of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka accused a Member of the Anuradhapura Municipal Council m the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna of being the leader of a group that has repeatedly attacked one of the Church’s worship centers in Kumbicchankulama over the past few weeks.

The modest house in Anuradhapura on 27 perches of land that has been attacked

Bishop Perera told reporters yesterday (18) that Municipal Councilor Nalin Siriwardene of the SLPP had been present during an attack on the worship center on March 31st and then had been the vocal leader of the group at the Police station yesterday when the two groups had been summoned to try and reach a settlement.

Rev Perera met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera yesterday at Temple Trees where the Police Chief had assured the Bishop that the perpetrators of the attack would be arrested and produced before a Magistrate today.

Six men had been produced before the Magistrate and noticed to appear before courts on May 2nd, police said.

The pressure was brought on the authorities to take note of the complaint by the Methodist congregation who contacted “various parties they knew,” Rev Perera said.

Among those who had called the Bishop had been the former Defense Secretary and Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Bishop said Rajapaksa had sent a representative to meet him at the police station and later he had received a call from senior Anuradhapura politician MP S M Chandrasena who is also associated with the SLPP. The Bishop said Chandrasena had categorically denied one of their party-men were involved in these attacks.