'Mumbai blasts an act of cowardice'
Actor Aamir Khan praises the resilience displayed by Mumbaikars in the aftermath of the July 11 blasts.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 12:19 IST
Bringing to the fore the socially conscious individual in him following the massive deaths and destruction caused by last week's Mumbai blasts, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has described the blasts as an act of cowardice.
Praising the tremendous resilience displayed in this grave crisis by Mumbaikarwho were up and back to work within days of the tragedy, Aamir has appealed to them to help the authorities and remain alert.
"This horrifying act shows the extreme level of cowardice that makes people place bombs in trains and kill totally unaware people. What can be more cowardly than something like this, which smacks of stabbing someone who is totally innocent? What was the point of killing ordinary people?" Aamir said in a piece written for bbcnews.Com, the BBC News website.
"These people have little value for life. What sense does it make to kill someone when you do not even know who you are killing? It is absolutely a senseless act," the actor said in the article.
"It is very tragic when we look at the result. So many lives lost. My heart goes out to them all," he said.
Praising the spirit of resilience displayed by the people of Mumbai, Aamir said," The way people are going out of their way to help is just like the generous Mumbaiite. I am glad that we have bounced back and are back at work - it just shows these people that we will not be cowed down by such stealthy, cowardly actions. I think the best we can do is stick together and be alert."
At the same time Aamir expressed his confidence in the police and the authorities and urged people to cooperate with them.
"The police are doing a good job, they are very capable. If it seems otherwise, if people feel impatient, we must remind ourselves that the police force and the army are used to dealing with crime on a daily basis and they know what is the best step to take in such a situation," Aamir said.
"We must follow the leaders at this time. And trust them. They require our co-operation at this time," he added.
Aamir, who was in Satara when the bomb blasts occurred, said he tried to immediately get in touch with Mumbai but just could not get through - all the lines were blocked.
"There was no TV there, so I could not get a sense of what was happening. But my disbelief at the sudden attack and the loss of so many innocent lives is extreme. I was anxious about the hundreds of thousands of people travelling by trains in peak hours. I was also concerned about my own office staff, and wanted to know whether they had reached home - but just could not find out," he said.
"Then mercifully my chartered accountant called me and I got some information from him,"AamirAamir said.