Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday condemned the Naxal attack on Congress party leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh yesterday and said that it was an attack on the democratic values which needed to be condemned by not only political parties but society as a whole.
Singh expressed his condolences over the killing of party State Congress Chief Nand Kumar Patel and senior party leader Mahendra Karma.
“Naxalites will not be able to weaken the Congress party worker’s confidence and their morale by attacking in this manner,” Singh said while wishing early recovery of former Union Minister VC Shukla and other injured in the attack. He also expressed concern over the inadequate security provided to the Congress leaders who were taking out the Parivartan Yatra in the state despite Naxal threats.
Earlier on Saturday, naxalites had attacked Congress party’s Parivartan Rally in the Sukma area of Dharba valley of Chhattisgarh state and had opened indiscriminate firing on the party activists while they returning from Jagdalpur.
Former Union Minister Mahendra Karma, who was prominent faces of movement against naxalism in the state, was killed in the attack along with state party Chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son and 24 party workers were killed in the gruesome attack.
Naxalities had attacked a rally’s convoy car with a landmine blast after which around 500 naxals opened indiscriminate firing on the caravan.