A mosque in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwela that was ordered to stop issuing the call to prayer and conducting prayers in its premises by the Kohewela police two days ago was stoned last night, according to Muslim politicians and residents in the area.
The Masjidul As Shafee at Kadawatha Road in Kohuwela was stoned last night but police had arrived promptly to provide security, sources told Colombo Telegraph.
Earlier this week officers from the Kohuwela Police station entered three mosques in the Dehiwala Area and instructed the religious leaders to stop conducting prayers and issuing the call to prayer five times a day.
Minister Rishard Bathiudeen intervened in the affair and notified the Acting IGP Gamini Navaratne and the DIG of the Western Province Anura Senanayake about the developments after residents informed him of the interference, the BBC reported.
Both Minister Bathiudeen and former Deputy Mayor of Colombo Azath Salley both visited the mosque after the attack.
The three mosques visited by the Police earlier this week were the Dehiwala Attidiya Majibul Hiba, the Masjidul As Shafee at Kalubowila and the Dehiwala Tharul Muslim Centre. It is not immediately clear why the police visited these mosques to make the request.
Meanwhile in Galle, a Muslim owned Jewellery store was torched late last night.