Country will rise to challenge, will defeat forces: PM (Second Lead)

July 28th, 2008 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi , July 28 (IANS) Expressing solidarity with the people of Gujarat in their hour of crisis, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday vowed to defeat forces who were aiming to destroy the country’s social fabric and praised the people for their resilience. Along with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Shivraj Patil, he visited a hospital in Ahmedabad and met some of the survivors of the serial bombings that left at least 50 killed and 200 injured Saturday evening.

“I have come to express our solidarity with the people of Gujarat in their hour of crisis. I commend the people of Gujarat for the resilience they have shown,” he said.

“These terrorist acts are aimed at destroying our social fabric, undermining communal harmony and demoralizing our people. As the people of Gujarat have shown so admirably, these efforts will not succeed.”

“We will rise to the challenge and I am confident we will be able to defeat these forces. ”

Prime Minister Singh said all political parties, the central and state governments, the central and state police and intelligence authorities and civil society groups should cooperate and work together to this end.

“In this hour of tragedy, my heart goes out to those who have lost their near and dear ones. I offer my sympathies to those injured. We will do our best to take care of them. And my deepest prayers for the departed souls.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Shivraj Patil visited the Civil Hospital, the state’s biggest hospital where a majority of the injured were being treated, and met some of the injured.

Within a space of just over an hour, the city was ripped apart Saturday evening by 21 coordinated bombings, which claimed at least 50 lives and injured about 200 people, a day after low-intensity blasts rocked Bangalore, the country’s IT capital.

The Trauma Centre in the civil hospital was also hit by a blast as terrorists targeted those helping people injured in previous blasts.

After spending only a few minutes at the Trauma Centre, the leaders went to the B-4 ward of the hospital and met survivors recuperating there.

They were also slated to visit the L.G. Hospital and the V.S. Hospital, where most of the other injured were admitted, as well as some of the blast sites.

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