New Delhi: Canada has strongly condemned the attack by Naxals on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhatisgarh on Saturday in which 27 people were killed and several others were injured. "Canada strongly condemns Saturday's attack on a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in the country's east," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said on Sunday in a statement.
"This violent extremism is despicable and is a stark reminder of the grave threat that terrorism poses to the people of India and the region. We expect that the perpetrators of this horrendous attack will be brought to justice," he said. In the statement issued by the Canadian embassy in Delhi, Baird said, "Canada stands with the people of India as they work tirelessly to defend and advance the cause of democracy in South Asia and around the world."
"On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims families and friends, and I wish a swift recovery to the injured," he said. Heavily-armed Maoists ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district on Saturday, killing 27 people including Congress leader Mahendra Karma, ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar, state unit chief Nand Kumar Patel and his son. 32 others, including senior party leader VC Shukla, were injured in the attack.
John Baird said Canada stands with the people of India as they work tirelessly to defend and advance the cause of democracy in South Asia and around the world.