The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) is deeply saddened by the loss of lives following the tragic incident at Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo, on Monday, February 02, 2015. The result of a simple religious ritual at the riverside were the deaths of 53-year old Radika Persaud; her 14-year old son, Ravin; her 12-year old nephew, Billy Narine and her 9-yar old niece, Annatina Persaud.
The IAC is cognisant of the excruciating pain such unfortunate incidents can inflict on surviving family members, the community and by extension, the country and hopes that with the support of all, the pain and heartbreak could be reduced over time. Similarly, the IAC hopes that the various families affected would be able to muster the strength to deal with the harsh realities of this incident.
The IAC therefore takes this opportunity to offer its deepest condolences to the immediate family members, relatives and friends of the deceased. Also, profound sympathies are extended to the class and school mates of the three children who perished, and urge related counselling where necessary.
The IAC stands committed to lending its support in this extremely trying time for the families involved. May their souls rest in eternal peace.