Terrorists wreaked havoc once again, this time targeting Sri Lanka’s Colombo, killing over 200 people in a dastardly attack on Easter Sunday. Social media was filled with all kinds of posts from analysis, blame-game to anger and condolences. Numerous film stars also tweeted all through the day about the shocking incident while conveying their prayers to the affected families.
From Ajay Devgn, Farhan Akhtar to stars from the South film industries like Dulquer Salmaan, Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannaah Bhatia, Hansika Motwani, Rakul Preet Singh to directors like Shekhar Kapur and Vivek Agnihotri, many of them took to Twitter to convey their thoughts.
The stars called the attack ‘horrific’, ‘ugly acts of majoritarianism’, ‘barbaric’, ‘ inhuman tragedy’, ‘coward act’ to express how ‘deeply saddened and shocked’, ‘angry’ and ‘terribly heartbroken’ they felt.
They asked if ‘no humanity is left in people causing such attacks!’, ‘What are the times we are living in? Why so much hatred everywhere?’ and asserted ‘Humanity is dying and how’, ‘Everytime a bomb blasts a part of us dies' and that terrorism remains our 'number 1 global enemy'.
They couldn’t put down in words the feeling of loss and sent love, courage and prayers to all the families of the bereaved and speedy recovery for the injured while urging the citizens to 'Stay strong'. Here are the reactions:
Nearly 500 people have been injured in the blasts, police said.
The blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 215 people and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE.
Explosions were reported from three five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury in Colombo.
Security has been intensified around the religious places across the capital. The government has temporarily blocked all social media platforms.
Earlier, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe addressed the media and said 'action will be taken to stop the activity of all extremist groups in the country. Social media would be temporarily banned with 12-hour curfew from 6 pm to 6 am.'