Police wash hands off investigations on religion-based protests


A group of Buddhist monks and laymen today (Jan. 12) launched a protest against a prayer center which had been operating on the Hikkaduwa-Baddegama road for the past 16 years. The protesters, demanding the removal of the center, entered the institution and only left the premises following police intervention. However, they resorted to sit down and protest along Galle Road, causing traffic disruptions. Pastor JLW Chinthana Prasanna of the prayer center, however said that it is operating under religious freedom confirmed by the Sri Lankan Constitution and that no one is forcefully recruited by them. (Pic by Deepal de Silva)


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