Security beefed up at religious institutions
By Sandeep Tissaaratchy and Buddhika Samaraweera
Police will provide maximum security today (20) and tomorrow (21) to all religious institutions commemorating those killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in 2019, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
DIG Rohana added churches and other religious institutions will conduct special services to remember lost lives and mark two years after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.
Police headquarters have informed senior Police officials in charge of Police institutions to provide security to any religious institution conducting services on both days.
DIG Rohana said religious leaders will be informed with regard to providing security.
Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith requested the public to observe a two-minute silence from 8:45 a.m. tomorrow (21), to commemorate the victims of the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday bombings.
Also, the Archdiocese of Colombo has decided to keep all Catholic schools closed tomorrow (21).
Special services will be held at Catholic churches islandwide to commemorate the victims of the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday Attacks, and arrangements have been made to hold the main service at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, where the first bombing occurred.
The service will be attended by the Cardinal and interfaith leaders. Alawdeen Ahmed Muaath, the suicide bomber of St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade carried out the attack at 8:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, 2019. Also, the bell will be rung at 8:45 a.m. to mark the attack. A special service will be held later. Also, prominent singer, Dr. Nanda Malini will sing a song, to commemorate the victims.
In addition, several special events have been organised at St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, another target of the Easter Sunday Attacks. A small church built at the burial ground of 40 people killed in the bombing is scheduled to be opened tomorrow evening and Cardinal Ranjith will hold a special service. He will also officiate at a service at St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya. In addition, a religious procession with the participation of the Catholic clergy will commence near Maris Stella College, Negombo tomorrow at around 4:00 p.m. and proceed towards the Katuwapitiya Church.
The Archbishop said the law should be enforced against perpetrators of the bombings and those who gave financial and political support to such activities, without merely commemorating the victims. The Government and other parties should not remain silent, leaving everything to the Attorney General alone, he said.