Tuesday 26th December, 2006



Prayers at temple for safe release of kidnapped Vindra

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The evil plaguing T&T may just be an indication that society is suffering from bad karma, says Randir Maharaj of the Chaguanas Hindu Temple.

Maharaj said so when addressing 200-odd employees of Xtra Foods and empathisers of Kidnap victim Vindra Naipaul-Coolman, who was nabbed from her Lange Park home on Tuesday.

Family members said a ransom was paid, yet she has not yet been released by her abductors.

Maharaj told the concerned crowd gathered at the bandstand of the Grand Bazaar yesterday— Christmas Day—that the worst crimes of all are those committed against one’s person.

Maharaj said society is also showing signs of becoming numb, in light of the rising levels of criminal activity plaguing T&T.

He said the fruits of today’s bad karma can be changed. He also urged the gathering that in their prayers for Naipaul-Coolman’s release, they should also pray for her abductors, so that those evil people could mend their ways.

Opening the programme shortly before 3 pm was Pastor Dave Alleyne, head of the Flaming Word Ministries.

An energetic Alleyne recited parts of Psalm 23 as he urged the gathering to feel the pain and emotions the Naipaul-Coolman family and the kidnap victim are going through, so that they could truly understand what torment Naipaul was enduring.

Alleyne said that in life there are two basic principles—one being pain and the other pleasure. He said that because of “cosmic justice‚” the kidnappers would not escape, since the pain they inflict today would be the same pain they would have to endure one day.

Pastor Alleyne urged the nation to open up their hearts in prayer for the safe release of Naipaul-Coolman and to also pray for and end to the evil stalking T&T.

Also speaking at the function was Brother Abdullah of the Bamboo Village mosque, who offered prayers that the kidnappers would open their hearts and turn away from evil, crime and wickedness.

Employees of the supermarket, who held lit candles as they prayed, said they did not mind giving up some time on their holiday to pray for Naipaul-Coolman as she was like a mother to many. They said Naipaul-Coolman had taken many off the street and had given each of them jobs and a sense of security.

The function was not attended by Rennie Coolman, husband of the kidnap victim. He was at the couple’s Lange Park home, hoping to get a phone call from the kidnappers.

Coolman said he learnt about the prayer vigil from the media.###

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