Awaaz condemns perpetrators of Mumbai blasts
AWAAZ CONDEMNS PERPETRATORS OF MUMBAI BLASTS; STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE VICTIMS & THEIR FAMILIES
Eight bomb blasts in Mumbai have led to the deaths of more than 200 people and the maiming and injury of hundreds more. Awaaz – South Asia Watch unequivocally condemns this horrendous atrocity afflicted on the people of Mumbai by political extremists.
Though no one has claimed responsibility, the bombings point directly to a highly planned, sophisticated and well organised attack aimed at killing civilians. Press reports have suggested the involvement of the Lashkar-e Tayyiba, groups associated with Al Qaeda, groups associated with or financed by Dawood Ibrahim, the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), or the possible involvement of another as yet unknown group. There is no evidence yet of which specific organization is responsible.
The cowardice and bigotry of the extremists is obvious: they chose to deliberately target and indiscriminately murder commuters returning home from work in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India. This stands in sharp contrast to the humanity and bravery of ordinary Indians. The courage and compassion showed by Indians of all communities in helping the victims has been humbling. It is a demonstration of the refusal to be divided by religious extremists of any persuasion. We acknowledge the strength and bravery of Indians who have faced this tragedy with fortitude and have risen above communal bigotry.
We urge the Indian government to take immediate steps to bring the perpetrators to face justice. We urge the government to take immediate preventative steps to ensure that this appalling tragedy is not exploited by religious extremists from the Hindu Right who want to target minority groups and engage in communal violence. We are especially concerned by the inflammatory statements made by members of Mumbai’s Hindu Right Shiv Sena political party.
We also urge Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis of all faiths in the UK to stand together against religious extremism and not be swayed by bigotry and prejudice.