Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in solidarity march for Pulwama martyrs. Photograph:( WION )
Mamata Banerjee along with hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters took out a candlelight march from Hazra in South Kolkata to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Esplanade to pay their respects to the martyrs.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday took to the streets on Saturday to extend solidarity with the over 40 CRPF martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack.
Banerjee, along with hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters, took out a candlelight march from Hazra in South Kolkata to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Esplanade to pay their respects to the martyrs.
Besides Banerjee, other senior leaders were also seen joining the solidarity rally without any party flags and slogans. Leaders holding on to candles had covered their faces with a black stripe to register their protest against the terror attack.
At the Gandhi statue, Banerjee and party cadres raised slogans of ‘Jai Hindi’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.
“All of us are united. This is united India. Terrorism has no religion. We do not support any kind of terrorism be it in the country or in the world. We stand united with the families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Banerjee.
This apart, party chief Banerjee asked leaders to take out a silent protest on Sunday in their respective blocks to show solidarity with the jawans.
“In between 2-3pm, take out a silent rally in your respective areas. Also, keep in mind that no microphones or speakers can be used as students are appearing for Madhyamik (mid-term) examinations,” she added.
A suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group had rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district on Thursday evening killing around 40 personnel and leaving many critically wounded.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the incident and said all Indians are angry right now.