Mob of Over 250 Persons Including 11 Bhikkus Led by Bodu Bala Sena Gen Secy Gnanasara Thero Storms Holy Family Church in Asgiriya During Worship and Assaults Pastor and Wife.

On the 16th of February 2013, at approximately 6.30 p.m., a mob stormed into the premises of the Holy Family Church in Asgiriya (Kandy district) and demanded that worship services be stopped immediately. The mob had around 250 villagers and was led by a group of 11 Buddhist monks who belong to the Bodu Bala Sena.

The pastor explained that, in keeping with his right to religious freedom, he could continue with the worship activities. While the pastor was talking to the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thero, who incidentally led the attack, his wife and he were dragged out of the premises and physically assaulted by the mob. The pastor’s 18-year-old daughter was verbally abused during this incident.

Subsequent to the incident, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena gathered the villagers outside the pastor’s premises and warned them against ‘traitors’ such as the pastor and his family. The monk went on to say that even Buddhist villagers who encourage such worship activities in future, would face the same consequences.

A Christian member in the vicinity immediately called the police emergency hotline. The police officers subsequently arrived at the scene and took a statement from the pastor and his spouse.

Courtesy:National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri