Dimapur, March 31: The Government of Nagaland has strongly advised the Church in Nagaland against holding any religious congregation of any kind, including Sunday’s devotional service that may see gathering of large number of people during the lockdown period in the interest of public health and safety.
In a letter issued today to Church organizations, Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha, IAS said the State is presently under lockdown for 21 days from the midnight of March 24 along with the rest of the country, and that during this period all kinds of gatherings are barred, including religious congregations as such mass gatherings have the potential of easily allowing the spread of the virus, thereby putting the lives of many people in serious danger.
The letter regretted that there are reports of some Churches holding services on Sundays, which have seen congregation of big number of people. It said such religious congregations are a very serious threat to public health safety.
The letter written to the Bishop, Diocese of Kohima; the Nagaland Baptist Church Council; the Nagaland Christian Revival Church Council; the Assembly of God Church Association of Nagaland and the Pentecostal Church Association of Nagaland strongly advised all Churches against holding any religious congregation of any kind during the lockdown. (Page News Service)