Strongly condemning the terror strike outside Delhi High Court, President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday asserted that the country will never succumb to terrorism and asked people to unitedly combat the scourge.

Condoling the loss of lives in the deadly blast that left at least 11 dead and over 60 injured, Ms. Patil wished speedy recovery to the victims.

Dr. Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, denounced the terror strike as a “cowardly act“.

“I just heard the sad news from Delhi about the bomb blast. I am told that 10 people have been killed. This is cowardly act of terrorist nature. We will deal with it. We will never succumb to the pressure of terrorism,” Dr. Singh said in Dhaka.

He said, “This is a long war in which all political parties, all the people of India have to stand united so that the scourge of terrorism is crushed“.

Dr. Singh said he has spoken to Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the incident.

BJP and Left parties asked the government to explain to the people whether there was any intelligence failure. BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad described the incident as a “great pain, great agony and great distress.”

“We outrightly condemn it. Why is the government not taking action? The incident has happened right in the heart of the capital, adjacent to India Gate and outside a gate of the Delhi High Court. There is no security and there is no intelligence beef-up,” he said.

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