The Archdiocese of Colombo has requested the government to clarify to the public as to why a group of Sri Lanka Navy personnel informed of a possible attack to several catholic churches, if there were no such threats.
Director of the National Catholic Center for Social Communications Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said the national security is undermined by such actions.
A group of Navy personnel had yesterday informed certain churches of a possible attack.
However, the Ministry of Defence today clarified that there were no such threats.
Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said the incident cannot be taken lightly.
He said the government cannot dismiss such concerns through mere statements but must investigate to identify where it originated.
Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said the government should uncover the source and who directed Navy personnel to inform the churches of the threat.
Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said such serious mistakes should not be repeated.
Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando also requested the government to officially inform Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, if there is a threat of attacks on catholic churches.
Fr. Fernando noted that only a few churches were notified of the threat by Navy personnel. He said if there is a major threat, either the Defence Ministry, State Intelligence or a responsible authority should notify it officially.
Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said only if such information are communicated, necessary preventive measures can be taken and also steps can be taken to provide police security.