Condolence meets, candle marches and rallies were organised in several schools and educational institutions of the state on Wednesday to pay homage to 132 schoolchildren, who were killed in a terrorist attack in Peshawar city of Pakistan.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended a condolence meeting in Subhash School for Excellence. A two-minute silence was observed to pay tribute to the schoolchildren who lost their lives during the attack on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Chouhan said the massacre of children by terrorists in Peshawar is one of the most heinous crimes against humanity. He said no religion or sect approves such acts. “Children belong to entire world and not any country or religion. They cannot be bound within boundaries of religion and country. No amount of condemnation is enough for such a barbarous and dastardly act against children,” said Chouhan. He added that India stands by the bereaved families.
Health minister Narottam Mishra, minister of state school education Deepak Joshi and many others were present on this occasion.
Meanwhile, exams of students of Class 9 to 12 of Subhash School, which were scheduled on Wednesday, were cancelled by the school administration. The announcement was done just after the condolence meeting.
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav also condemned terrorists’ attack in strong words, describing it as a dastardly act.
The governor said terrorism has no religion and country. At a condolence meeting at Raj Bhavan, Yadav, officers and employees observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to children killed in the attack.
Candle marches were organised at several places to pray for the victims of terrorist attack.
A condolence meet was held at Satya Sai University in which vice chancellor Naveen Chandra and deputy vice chancellor Arti Singh condemned the attack.
Social activist Abdul Jabbar also organised a condolence meet at Shahjahani Park. The National Students Union of India (NSUI) organised a candle march in MP Nagar to pay tribute to the departed souls.
Several groups of citizens jointly organised a condolence meet at Board Office Square and lit candles.
Strong action needed against terror: BJP
State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan on Wednesday condemned the attack on a school in Peshawar. Chauhan said no religion or sect in the world allows such acts. He said the children do not belong to a country or to a religion but to all of humanity. The BJP state president said strong steps need to be taken to uproot terrorism from the world. The Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) held a candle light vigil on Wednesday in memory of the victims of the attack. State president of the BJYM Amardeep Maurya said the attackers have displayed a barbaric behaviour and India stands by Pakistan in this moment of grief.