Leaders condemn Jama Masjid blasts
New Delhi, Apr 15: Leaders cutting across party lines have condemned yesterday's bomb blasts in the historic Jama Masjid, in which 14 people were injured.
Delhi Pradesh Congress committee President Ram Babu Sharma condemned the explosions and expressed sympathy with the injured.
All India Forward Bloc said the cowardly act targeting religious places had unveiled the ugly face of terrorism and exposed the ulterior motives to divide the nation on communal lines.
The Communist Party of India (ML) also condemned the blasts and held the central government responsible for failing to check 'such dangerous attempts threatning communal harmony in the country.
Fatehpuri Shahi Masjid Spokesman Mehmood Ahmed said communalism and terrorism were horrible challenges for the society.
It was of much concern that holy places and holy functions were also being targeted by mischievious persons, he said and added that there was a need to follow the Prophet, Sufi saints and other God fearing persons, as it was the only way to protect the society from disturbances.
World Council of Religious Harmony Chairperson Mahant Surendra Nath also condemned the blasts and said attack on any religious place was attack on humanity. Urging the people to stand unitedly against terrorism, he said destructive forces were out to disturb communal harmony and create bad blood in society.
While appreciating the residents of the walled city and also the entire city for maintaining peace and communal harmony, International Front Against Terrorism and Drug Abuse President Naseeruddin Shah demanded CBI probe into the incident. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Chief Adbul Haq Ansari termed the blasts as unfortunate and expressed sympathy with those injured.
Dr Ansari appealed to the Muslim community to follow with utmost zeal and courage the path of wisdom and prudence as well as patience and fortitute.