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Arsenal Tragedy: Indian PM Modi Sends Condolences To PM Jugnauth And The Country

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Shri Narendra Modi, says he is deeply saddened to learn of the unfortunate accident that occurred yesterday during the Maha Shivaratree festival, in a correspondence addressed to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.PM Modi also conveys his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured.

I am shocked, says PM

Yesterday, the country mourned the loss of six young men after their kanwar caught fire. In addition, 17 pilgrims were also injured and rushed to the SSRN hospital. On Sunday evening, Pravind Jugnauth visited the hospital to meet relatives of the victims. The Prime Minister said he was shocked by the tragedy. Pravind Jugnauth reiterated his call for vigilance and asked everyone to respect safety instructions to ensure the protection of pilgrims and the public.

Earlier on Sunday, while still in Grand Bassin, he reacted to the tragedy. “I am shocked by this news,” Pravind Jugnauth said on MBC channel. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families, with those who have lost loved ones. I offer them my condolences. It’s a tragedy, especially at this very pious time when we will be praying,” added the Prime Minister.

Pravind Jugnauth issued an urgent appeal to devotees visiting the sacred lake, particularly those wearing the “kanwar”, asking them to follow the safety recommendations issued by the government and socio-cultural organizations.

“We mourn six young people who died tragically on the road”, says Bishop Durhône

The Bishop of Port-Louis offers “his most sincere condolences to the families affected by this brutal loss at this difficult and painful time”. He asks the population to be “even more supportive through our attentions and words of comfort to those affected by this tragedy”.  The Bishop of Port-Louis asks everyone, out of respect for the deceased and their families, not to broadcast the terrible images of the tragedy on social networks.

XLD: “I am deeply dismayed”

The PMSD and opposition leader, who is currently in London and will return on March 10, reacted to the tragedy at Arsenal. “I am deeply dismayed by yesterday’s tragedy in Arsenal, which has shocked the whole country. I join the prayers of the whole nation for the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he said.

“I’m saddened and shocked”, says Ramgoolam 

In a message posted on Facebook shortly after 8pm on Sunday, Labour Party leader Navin Ramgoolam offered his sincere condolences to the families affected by the Arsenal tragedy. “I am saddened and shocked by this incident which occurred during the pilgrimage to Grand-Bassin,” the message said. Navin Ramgoolam called on pilgrims to take the “necessary precautions until they reach Ganga Talao and return home”.

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