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,"
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
prime minister, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
and Shivraj Patil visited the Civil Hospital,
the state's largest hospital where a majority
of the injured were being treated, and met
some of the injured. Later, they also visited
the L.G. Hospital and the V.S. Hospital
and interacted with some of the injured.
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.
Trauma Centre in the Civil Hospital was
also hit by a blast as terrorists targeted
those helping people injured in previous
blasts. After spending a few minutes at
the Trauma Centre, the leaders went to the
B-4 ward of the hospital and met survivors
leaving for New Delhi, the prime minister
raised the central government's ex gratia
relief to the blast victims. While the kin
of those killed will get Rs.350,000 instead
of the Rs.100,000 announced Saturday night,
those injured will get Rs.50,000.