Ester Sunday carnage could have been averted: Bishop

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The Easter Sunday carnage would have been averted if party politics were overcome and if the communication breakdown between the Executive, Defence Establishments and government officials did not occur, Sri Lanka Catholic Bishops Conference said yesterday.

President of the Catholic Bishops Conference Bishop Winston Fernando expressed this sentiment at a media conference last afternoon.

“It is appropriate to convert this disaster into a turning point and thereby developing mutual trust among the people of all religions and ethnic groups in the country,” Bishop Fernando said.

"One must look at the situation in a positive manner,” he added.

He said Muslims cannot be blamed for the tragedy as it had been carried out by a small group.

Secretary General of the Bishops Conference Bishop of Chilaw Valance Mendis said it is essential to find out the truth about the Easter Sunday Mayhem. “We need to find who is responsible for it,” he said. He said justice should prevail when it comes to the events of Easter Sunday.

Asked whether the Bishops are satisfied on the role played by the government on ensuring the safety after the bomb attacks, Cardinal Ranjith said the government is trying. “ We requested the government to search all houses in Negombo but that had not been done. He charged that some who were involved in the clash last Sunday had taken out swords which they had hidden under a canal. Also, he said the request made by him to close liquor shops in Negombo after the clashes on last Sunday was not heeded by the government.

He said politicians should not intervene to get those who are arrested released and to stop search operations. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Adrian Fernandopulle Friday, 10 May 2019 06:21 AM

    The President, Prime Minister, Defence Secretary, IGP, the Cabinet Ministers with the intelligence services are RESPONSIBLE for the Horrendous Tragedy and Murderous Incident on BLACK EASTER SUNDAY. Justice should be Prevailed for each and every Human's death, Injury and psychological fear faced to the Catholic Community in the cities where the incidents have taken placed. Special Counciling to be administered to the Catholic School Children and family members in the area. LET PEACE COME ALIVE TO THE COMMUNITIES.

    rama Friday, 10 May 2019 06:24 AM

    some politicians are directly intervened to stop search operations and they are responsible for the disaster country faced today. they are in dream of thinking 9% of votes would come in favor of them. but still they could not understand votes belongs to majority down by more than 20% in this moves.

    Pon Kulendiren Friday, 10 May 2019 06:25 AM

    True. It is a small group of fanatic Muslims who have no knowledge of Islam carried out the attack. Where is the the finance to brain wash the youth. That group was financially benefited Did Middle eastern countries supply the finance , They converted Hindu Tamil student and made her a terrorist , That girl had a drean to become a doctor

    PLEASE DO NOT BE IN THE DEFENSIVE Friday, 10 May 2019 06:41 AM

    "communication breakdown" - no sir ! , please read the news - on what has been stated by some MPs. -Communication breakdown fifteen times ? I should say shopping, foreign tours were the reasons for inaction on such a a serious issue which could have been nipped in the bud if one does not "look up" at security meetings (as well said by a person).

    Best - either be precise - not talk at all. Friday, 10 May 2019 06:46 AM

    " involved in the clash last Sunday had taken out swords" - the days of the Crusades ! So the other side sitting ducks ?

    Kumar Friday, 10 May 2019 07:16 AM

    Your eminence, everybody agrees whole heartedly. It may not be over yet. This particular group never walk away from terrorist acts. I fear there could be a loan wolf who is wondering how to achieve his objective. Vigilance at all times may be the solution.

    ice Friday, 10 May 2019 07:23 AM

    You are slowly becoming a MP! That is not your vocation. Power hunger is not in Catholic teaching

    Jude Friday, 10 May 2019 07:49 AM

    Hey The government didn't act on intelligence reports!!! They failed to act and protect people!!


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