New Delhi: Senseless acts of terrorism targeting innocent lives undermine the democratic base of society and deserve to be universally condemned, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday, condemning the militant attack in Assam's Kokrajhar district, killing 14 people.
In a message to Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Mukherjee said, "I am extremely sad to learn about the attack by militants in Assam's Kokrajhar district today in which a number of persons have lost their lives and several others are injured."
"Such senseless acts of terrorism targeting innocent lives undermine the democratic base of society and deserve to be universally condemned. They must be met with determination and collective action," he said.
He called upon the state government and all other agencies concerned to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice and law and order is maintained in state.
"I am sure necessary steps are being taken to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I also wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he said.
Terror struck Assam when a group of heavily armed militants dressed in army fatigues and suspected of belonging to a Bodo separatist outfit opened indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades at a crowded weekly market killing 14 people.