TN leaders condemn blasts in Sri Lanka

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have condemned the near-simultaneous blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday which left over 200 people dead and more than 450 with injuries.

In a joint statement, AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said they were deeply saddened by the blasts at Churches where Christians have congregated to celebrate easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ after crucifixion.

They also strongly condemned the blasts which occurred in Churches located in areas where Tamil Christians predominantly live. “The incident showed how merciless the perpetrators are as they triggered blasts on innocent people while offering prayers”, they said and termed it as ‘totally inhuman and merciless’.

DMK president M K Stalin said the attacks broke his heart. “Be it communal or religious fundamentalist elements, they should be identified and action should be taken against them,” he tweeted.

Communist Party of India State Secretary R Mutharasan condemned the “acts of cowardice.” PMK founder S Ramadoss urged the Centre to take steps to ensure that all Indians stranded on the terror-struck island are brought back. He condoled the loss of innocent lives in the incidents.

MDMK chief Vaiko, in a statement, demanded stringent punishment to the perpetrators of the crime and noted that places of worship, including the Saint Antony’s Church, were located in places where a large number of Tamils lived.

Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran, in a statement, said the blasts were an outcome of cowardice, and were barbaric and unacceptable. “I condole the deaths, and pray for the early recovery of the injured,” he said.