New Delhi: Leaders across the political spectrum on Wednesday condemned the terror attack on Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo, terming it an assault on the freedom of expression.
“The terrorist attack in Paris is highly condemnable. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his grief over the attack. Violence and terrorism can never be tolerated in civilised society under any circumstance,” Bharatiya Janata Party official spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI.
“The fact that this was an attack on the media makes it even more despicable,” he added.
Communist Party of India national secretary D Raja agreed with Trivedi, adding that the world will need to be vigilant of the activities of the religious fundamentalists.
“It is very shocking and it shows the level of religious bigotry and intolerance to criticism and writings in the media. It is an assault on the freedom of the media and freedom of expression. This must be condemned in the strongest terms and I express my sincere sympathies and solidarity with the people of Paris,” he said.
“The world will have to learn from the series of attacks taking place in the world and we must be vigilant of the activities of the religious fundamentalists,” he added.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in a statement, termed the attack ‘cowardly’ amd ‘dastardly’.
“Congress President Sonia Gandhi has condemned the cowardly and dastardly terror attack on the media in Paris. Shocked at the audacity of the gruesome act, Sonia Gandhi said that extremism and intolerance will never be able to curb freedom of expression and will only result in perpetuation of violence,” the statement read.
Earlier in the day, gunmen entered the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire. According to reports, 12 people, including two police officers were killed in the attack, with five others seriously wounded.
Charlie Hebdo has reportedly been facing threats after it published a series of cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad.