NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday swiftly condemned the attack by Maoist rebels that killed 15 Indian elite commandos and their driver.
“Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel,” Modi tweeted.
“Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families. The perpetrators of such violence will not be spared,” he added.
Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally of Modi, confirmed the attack on Twitter.
“Anguished to know that our 16 police personnel from Gadchiroli C-60 force got martyred in a cowardly attack by naxals (Maoists) today. My thoughts and prayers are with the martyrs’ families,” Fadnavis said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh called the attack “an act of cowardice and desperation”.
“We are extremely proud of the valour of our police personnel,” he said. “Their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain.”