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Chhattisgarh Naxal attack widely condemned
The brutal Naxal attack on the convoy of Congress leaders during the party's 'Parivartan' rally in Chhattisgarh's Jagdalpur that killed at least 27 people, including state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and senior party leader Mahendra Karma, has been widely condemned.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi visited Raipur Congress office, where the bodies of all the Congressmen killed in an audacious attack by suspected Naxals, have been kept. Rahul Gandhi also made a dash for Raipur to pay homage to the dead and console their family members. He stated that it was not an attack on Congress but on democracy.

Meanwhile, President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have issued their statements condemning the attack.

“I condemn this incident in the strongest of terms and would like to reiterate that violence has no place whatsoever in our democratic polity. The nation will neither be overawed nor intimidated by such action. I call upon concerned authorities to do their utmost to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice," Mukherjee said in a statement, The Times of India reported.

He added, “Such incidents go against the democratic values of our country. Government will take firm action against the perpetrators of violence of any kind."

M. Hamid Ansari stated, “I condemn the dastardly attack in Bastar last night which killed many innocent people and injured several others. There is no place in civilized societies for such senseless and barbaric acts. All forms of extremism and violence have to be fought and eliminated from our midst.”

Manmohan Singh condemning the violent attack on Congress leaders and workers stated, "I very strongly condemn the violent attack on Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their lives."

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