PM, President condemn terror strike in Bodhgaya

Manmohan SinghPM Manmohan Singh.PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee today strongly condemned the terror strike on the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya and said such attacks on religious places will "never be tolerated". "The Prime Minister has strongly condemned the blasts in around the sacred Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya. He has said that our composite culture and traditions teach us respect for all religions and such attacks on religious places will never be tolerated," a Prime Minister's Office release said here.

The Prime Minister also wished speedy recovery to the people injured in the attack. Nine serial blasts took place inside and outside the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya early this morning in which two people were injured.

Congress General Secretary and communication department in-charge Ajay Maken said, "We condemn this horrific incident in Bodhgaya. I urge the state government and other agencies to bring the guilty to justice as soon as possible. We also wish speedy recovery to all the injured."

President Pranab Mukherjee also condemned the serial blasts at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya as a senseless act of violence to target innocent pilgrims. Expressing deep anguish over the blasts, he said it was a "senseless act of violence targeting innocent pilgrims and monks who had gathered to worship at this temple dedicated to the great apostle of peace - Gautam Buddha". In a statement, the President hoped for the speedy recovery of those injured in the blasts.

Asking people to maintain calm and restraint, he asked them to cooperate with the authorities in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodhgaya, including four in the Mahabodhi Temple complex, injuring two monks in the blasts. The Mahabodhi Temple is frequented by Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China and Japan and the whole of southeast Asia.

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