New Delhi: Paying homage to the AI 182 ‘Kanishka’ bombing victims, foreign minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said the attack anniversary was a reminder why terrorism should never be tolerated.
Marking the 39th anniversary of the bombing, he said this was one of the worst acts of terrorism in history. The minister’s remarks came in the middle of the diplomatic strife between India and Canada over what the former calls political space given by Canadian authorities to extremists who advocate violence against India.
Another Union minister, Hardeep Puri, called the bombing one of the most reprehensible acts of terror committed against India.
The bombing of the Montreal-New Delhi Air India flight 182 was blamed on Sikh militants who did it in retaliation to ‘Operation Bluestar’.
The ‘Kanishka’ flight exploded 45 minutes before it was to land at London’s Heathrow airport on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian descent. Puri said the “dastardly” bombing remained one of the most reprehensible acts of terror committed against India. tnn

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