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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 26.05.2013

Following is the text of statement of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on Maoists violence in Chhattisgarh: "

I am deeply dismayed and shocked at the wanton violence unleashed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh on a convoy of vehicles carrying leaders of the Congress Party.

I condemn this incident in the strongest of terms and would like to reiterate that violence has no place whatsoever in our democratic polity. The nation will neither be overawed nor intimidated by such action. I call upon concerned authorities to do their utmost to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. The safety and security of our citizens should be ensured at all times.

I express my deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and offer my prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident”.

This release issued at 1425 hrs