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By Ravi R Ponangi


Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Indian community paid rich tributes to the fallen heroes of Kashmir terrorist attack. Despite a very short notice and inclement weather huge number of Indian Americans gathered in Global Mall on Sunday, February 17 to pay their respects and tribute to CRPF jawans who laid their lives in deadly terrorist attack led by the Pakistani terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad in Kashmir.


A member of the Pakistani terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad reportedly drove an SUV loaded with almost 300 kg of explosives into one of the 70 vehicles of a Central Reserve Police Force convoy on February 14. It was reported that at least 44 soldiers died in the attack in Pulwama, a district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.


Federation of Indian associations (FIA – Georgia) organized a tribute, candlelight vigil and interfaith prayer meeting. Georgia state law makers, officers from Atlanta Indian Consulate and community leaders from Georgia were in attendance to express their solidarity and support.
Former Indian Navy officer Sudhakar Reddy and former Air Force officer Krishna Gouranga spoke on the occasion. Religious leaders from different faiths offered prayers. Two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the brave hearts. The program ended with candlelight march through Global Mall where leaders walked silently holding candles in their hands and waving tricolor flags expressing their tribute to the fallen CRPF jawans. The event concluded with rendition of both American and Indian national anthems.

Vasu Patel, president of FIA – Georgia appealed Government of India to do whatever the GOI can and said we all Indians inside India and abroad India in one voice are with them. Georgia state representative Jasmine Clark and state senator Sheik Rahman addressed the gathering. Later on, Monday, February 19, state senator Sheik Rahman mentioned and condemned terrorist attack in Kashmir on the floor of the Georgia senate.

All senators welcomed the condemnation and observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the CRPF jawans who were martyred in the deadly terror attack by the Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed.


' Mar-01-2019