How Indian leaders condemned Paris attacks

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2015 13:02 IST
A person is being evacuated after the shooting outside Bataclan theatre in Paris. (AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 120 people, saying the “news from Paris is anguishing and dreadful”.

Gunmen and bombers struck busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday, in what a shaken President Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack. Eight attackers were killed -- seven of them by their suicide vests.

Indian leaders across the political spectrum have strongly condemned the incident and expressed solidarity with the people of the France.

President Pranab Mukherjee also condemned the attacks and expressed anguish over the incident.

Home minister Rajnath Singh said India stands firmly behind the people of France in this difficult hour.

In a statement, Singh said he was deeply pained by the news of the terror attack.

“In this difficult hour, the people of India firmly stand with the people of France. Words can’t adequately condemn such attacks where innocent people have been killed,” he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described the attacks as an attack on humanity and said all peace-loving countries should join hands to destroy terror outfit IS, which has emerged as a suspect.

“These attacks are most painful. The attack is not on Paris alone but on the humanity, on all the peace-loving countries. It is time for all nations wanting peace and progress to unite to fight ISIS (another acronym for IS). ISIS is not confined to a country but is a poisonous ideology which must be destroyed,” BJP media department-in-charge Shrikant Sharma said.

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said terror cannot defeat freedom but will only strengthen the resolve to fight against “senseless violence”.

“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Paris. My thoughts & prayers are with the people of France in this hour of grief and anguish,” he tweeted.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the terror strike in Paris an attack on humanity and said the whole world should unite and fight against such terror acts.

Left parties also condemned the “ghastly” Paris attacks and expressed solidarity with the people of France.

Yechury’s CPI(ML) counterpart Dipankar Bhattacharjee also expressed grief and solidarity with the people of France.

(With PTI inputs)

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