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Meghalaya CM condemns attack on Durga temple
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 31:
Published on 31 Oct. 2010 11:54 PM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister Mukul M Sangma Sunday strongly condemned grenade attack at a Durga temple in East Garo Hills district.
On Friday night, suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) lobbed a Chinese-made grenade at the temple in Warima market area in Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills district.
“This is an act of cowardice by miscreants to disrupt peace and tranquility. The government will make every effort to investigate the attack and nab the culprits,” Sangma said.
The GNLA, a rebel group that operates in the three districts of Garo Hills region have not claimed any responsibility to the attack.
“We are not ruling out the involvement of any group or miscreants behind the cowardice act. The police is on the job to find out the culprits,” the chief minister said. “The floor has been partially damaged and walls have blackened due to the explosion but the idols inside the temple are intact,” Pravin Bakshi, the district deputy commissioner, said.
From preliminary investigations, Bakshi said it appeared to be the handiwork of the GNLA.
The opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also condemned the attacked and asked the ruling Congress-led government to ensure security to the people. “Such attacks need to be condemned by all sections of people. It is nothing but to create disharmony among the peace loving people of the state,” NCP leader and Leader of Opposition, Conrad K Sangma said.
Condemning the attacked, the central puja committee, an apex body of the Hindu organisations asked the government to strengthening it’s the law machinery to ensure such incident do not recur.
“We appeal to all sections of people for sanity prevails in the state that is known for its religious harmony, tolerance and secular fabric,” Naba Bhatacharjee, CPC working president, told IANS. Meanwhile, several other religious groups and organisations also condemned the grenade attacked on the temple.

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