NRI groups condemn Ahmedabad, Bangalore serial blasts

July 28th, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  


New York, July 28 (IANS) Several non-resident Indian (NRI) groups in the US have condemned the serial bombings in Bangalore and Ahmedabad over the weekend as “unforgivable” acts and have appealed to people in India to maintain “peace and communal harmony”. The Non-Resident Indians for Secular & Harmonious India (NRI SAHI), along with a number of NRI organisations in the US, said in a joint statement: “We urge people of India to remain calm and and help in identifying the culprits so that they can be punished. It is only by maintaining peace and communal harmony that we can defeat the evil designs of the perpetrators of these ghastly crimes.”

In the statement released Sunday, they also urged the Indian government to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe to get to the bottom of the attack in Ahmedabad “and find out links if any with other such bomb blasts in Bangalore, Jaipur and elsewhere”.

Urging immediate relief and compensation for the injured and the next of kin of the victims, the statement said that the media should not “rush to judgement and give publicity to speculation by politicians and police as to who may be behind these blasts because that can only create communal tensions and disharmony”.

“NRIs in the US and other countries stand ready to support secular minded people of India and citizen groups to work for maintaining a united and harmonious India to fight any efforts to divide various religious communities for serving the vested interests of certain groups,” the statement added.

The organisations endorsing the statement include the Indian American Coalition for Pluralism (IACP), Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations of North America (FIACONA), Vedanta Society of East Lansing, India Foundation of USA, International Service Society, India Development Society and Network of Progressive Muslims.

Multiple blasts in India’s IT hub of Bangalore killed one on Friday; this was followed by 21 synchronised blasts in Ahmedabad on Saturday in which at least 50 people were killed and more than 100 injured.

In a separate statement, the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (Gopio) called the bomb attacks brutal and despicable acts, which are “unforgivable and unjustified criminal actions directed to create widespread fear among innocent citizens”.

“We share the pain and anguish of our brethren and sisters in India, and extend our condolences to the families of the victims and offer prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured,” said Inder Singh, president of Gopio International.

Commending the Indian government for its diligent efforts in providing emergency services to the survivors, Gopio said it would fully support all measures taken by the government to bring security, calm and confidence to the people as well as all efforts to prevent similar attacks in the future.

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