People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 25, 2007
PB Condemns Blast In Samjhauta Express
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on February 19, 2007
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the blast in the Samjhauta Express. Around midnight, the Samjhauta Express which plies between Delhi and Attari on its way to Pakistan, two bogies caught fire while passing Deewana railway station near Panipat. In all, 54 deaths have been confirmed so far including those of three RPF personnel. Preliminary enquiries have revealed existence of two IEDs in the affected bogies while another two, kept in suitcases, were found in two other bogies. A large number of those who have died in this tragic incident are Pakistani citizens.
It is clear from the circumstances that the blast in the Samjhauta Express is the handiwork of forces aiming to derail the peaceful dialogue process between India and Pakistan. The incident has taken place a day ahead of the visit of Pakistan foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns this gruesome incident in the strongest terms and demands that the government should leave no effort to uncover the conspiracy which led to this tragedy. The Polit Bureau condoles the death of the innocent victims and expresses its solidarity with the bereaved families. The Polit Bureau also urges the government to take all care for the treatment of those who have been injured. The kith and kin of all those who have died should be given adequate compensation. The Polit Bureau also urges the people to remain united and protest this heinous action.