India Post News Service
CHICAGO: Indian organizations and community members in the US have strongly condemned the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka that claimed 290 lives and left around 500 people injured.
Madhu Patel, founder president of NRI Press Club, a Chicago-based organization of journalists of Indian origin, came out strongly against the killing of churchgoers in Sri Lanka observing that violence in any form against innocents people is hugely unacceptable, especially so if it is perpetrated in the name of religion or against followers of any religion.
Patel said that It is radically tainted Islamists who allegedly did this heinous crime against humanity and they need to be severely punished for their hateful actions. He also said that it is important that the world powers see through this game of jihadis and seek positive steps to wipe them out from the face of the world.
“We are deeply saddened by this horrific tragedy on the most important of Christian holidays. Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones and the entire communities around them. Targeting of innocent people at the sacred worship centers and other places is abhorrent,” Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement in Nevada.
“We are praying to the almighty to provide the mourning families help and consolation in dealing with this tragedy at this difficult time. Besides these families, we also express deep sympathies to the wounded and their relatives and friends and all others affected,” Zed said.
He urged Hindu temples and prayer-centers to hold special prayers for all those who were touched by this tragic loss in Sri Lanka.
Gladson Verghese, a community activist in Chicagoland, described the attacks as “very terrible”.
Expreesing his sadness, Dr Vijay Prabhakar said that the best thing that one could do now is to offer prayers for those dead
According to the US State Department, at least four Americans were among those killed in the attacks.
The vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankans, many of them Christians who were worshiping at churches in three cities when the attacks took place.