Heads of states from all over the world joined Indian leaders in condoling the loss of 158 lives in Saturday’s air crash in Mangalore.
Expressing grief over the tragedy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured from the PM’s National Relief Fund.
In her message, Congress president Sonia Gandhi wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley offered “deep condolences” to the families of the victims on behalf of the party.
“We hope immediate steps are taken to provide relief to the survivors,” Jaitley said. He said the party leadership was in touch with Karnataka
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on the ongoing rescue operations at Mangalore airport.
President Pratibha Patil expressed her deep grief and sorrow, and condoled the loss of lives, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.
As a mark of respect to those who died in the tragedy, the government postponed a function slated for Saturday evening to release a state report on completion of one year in office.
A dinner to be hosted at the Prime Minister’s residence as part of the celebrations was also put off.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan expressed his grief on Twitter. “Feeling terrible! Plane crash! Air India flight from Dubai to Mangalore crashed on landing, overshot runway.. so sad...,” he wrote.
Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina sent her condolences to Singh.
“I was deeply shocked to learn of the tragic crash of an Air India Express aircraft this morning in Karnataka, resulting in the loss of many precious lives,” Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said in a message to his Indian counterpart.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in his condolence messages to President Patil and Prime Minister Singh, said: “I am shocked at the news about the tragedy. With the people of India we also are grieved at the multiple loss of human lives. (with inputs from PTI)