Christians condemn bomb blasts in Delhi (AICC)
- All India Christian Council
Plot No. 142,
Kanajiguda, Secunderabad - 500015,
For Immediate Release
Christians condemn Delhi bomb blasts pray for dead and injured, urge government to trace and punish guilty
New Delhi, September 13, 2008, 22:00 hrs.
Forgetting their own pain and anguish at the continued persecution in Orissa, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, major Christian groups Saturday night condemned the bomb explosions in New Delhi market places which have left perhaps a dozen dead and scores injured, according to early reports.
The All India Christian Council Nation Secretary for Public Affair Dr. Sam Paul, Condemned the Delhi bomb blasts as crimes against humanity as they targeted innocent civilians, among them women and children. Whatever the political issues involved, if any, the perpetrators did not serve any cause by attacking innocent persons. There was no place for violence of any kind in religion, and nothing justified acts of terrorism, says Dr. Paul.
The recalling the explosions in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Jaipur in the past, Dr. Paul said By now the national security and intelligence apparatus should have developed the expertise to assess and predict the threats, and take pre-emptive action. The Government should painstakingly investigate the explosions in Delhi and trace the persons responsible for planting the bombs as well as the mastermind.
The All India Catholic Union Presindent Dr. John Dayal, India's largest Catholic Lay organization, Described the bomb explosions as wanton violence and a dastardly act against innocents. Such acts of terror violated all tenets of decent civilized human behavior. It was a matter of grave concern that the explosions took place during the holy month of Ramadan, and in crowded marketplaces, obviously to maximize both the human tragedy and the cleavage between communities. The Christian community in India extended its heartfelt sympathies with the victims and their families and appealed for calm and peace, says Dr. Dayal.
The Delhi-based United Christian Action said Indian democracy would survive such acts of terrorism because it was built on a strong base of secularism and pluralism. Terror can neither frighten those it targets, nor can it sway the people of India away from secularism.The Christian community, the UCA said, extended its prayerful support and solidarity with the victims and the victims of the dead.
The All India Christian Council (www.aiccindia.org), birthed in 1998, exists to protect and serve the Christian community, minorities, and the oppressed castes. The aicc is a coalition of thousands of Indian denominations, organizations, and lay leaders.