BLASTS IN HOLY CITY OF VARANASI
(7 March 2006)
Foreign Office Minister, Kim Howells, has condemned the series of
attacks earlier today in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi in
Northern India. Blasts were reported in at least three locations
in the Northeast Indian city: at the Sankat Mochan temple, where
Hindus were gathered for devotions; inside a train that had stopped
at the city's main train station; and near a ticket counter inside
was horrified to hear of today's bombings in Varanasi, which resulted
in the loss of innocent lives, and injury to many other victims.
On behalf of the British Government I totally condemn this indiscriminate
violence. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the
victims, and with the Government and people of India, at this time."
said Kim Howells.
attack in Varanasi follows a series of other terrorist atrocities
in India. It demonstrates once more the evil that the world continues
to face. We remain determined to work closely alongside India in
its fight against this evil."
Hindu Forum of Britain, UK's representative umbrella organisation
for British Hindus, has also condemned the bomb blasts in the Indian
holy city, Varanasi, which reportedly killed 15 persons and injured
is most unfortunate that terrorism has reared its head once again
in an attempt to divide the communities in India,' commented Ramesh
Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain. 'The
fact that they have targeted one of Hinduism's most sacred cities
seems to suggest they want to exploit communal tensions. Many British
Hindus are deeply concerned about the developments in India and
hope that people from all communities will remain united in defeating
the terrorist agenda.'
tensions have risen in the region recently, with three people dying
in communal riots in the nearby city of Lucknow on March 3. The
strife was apparently triggered when armed Muslims tried to force
Hindu merchants to shut their shops to protest against U.S. President
George W. Bush's visit to Pakistan.