Feb 092013

Mumbai, Feb 9 : Hailing the decision to hang parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said Saturday that it was important to follow law and order.

“The law should be followed and respected by one and all. Whatever has been done, it has been done according to the law – whoever the accused may be – you, me or someone else,” the 70-year-old told reporters at his office.

“The country investigated the matter completely, and only then they have acted as per law,” he added.

Afzal Guru was convicted for his role for the attack on Indian Parliament in 2001.

Dec 132012

Parliament attack: Martyrs` families demand Afzal`s execution New Delhi: Upset over the delay in the hanging of Afzal Guru, some families of martyrs in the 2001 Parliament attack, on Thursday boycotted the function at Parliament, demanding the convict’s immediate execution.

They skipped the homage ceremony held at Parliament on the eleventh anniversary of the attack.

“Kasab’s hanging has given us some solace. Though he committed the crime much later but was hanged earlier, why is Afzal’s case still pending,” said Ganga Devi, wife of deceased Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Nanak Chand at a function organised by All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF).

They expressed hope that Guru will be hanged soon after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s promise of looking into the case.

Parliament attack: Martyrs` families demand Afzal`s execution

“Life has been tough since my father died. Though my mother has helped me a lot to overcome the loss,” said Gaurav Yadav, son of another victim Jagdish Prasad Yadav.

The victims’ families have already returned gallantry medals to the President in protest against the delay in hanging of Guru.

AIATF chairman M S Bitta said the families will continue to boycott the homage-paying ceremony at Parliament till Guru is hanged.

Parliament attack: Martyrs` families demand Afzal`s execution

He said Shinde’s promise of looking into Afzal’s case has given some hope. “We will wait for three months and chalkout our next course of action,” Bitta said.

On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed into Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

The martyrs included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.

A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.


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First Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 21:19

Dec 132012

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik on Thursday said that Parliament attack conspirator Afzal Guru should not be hanged because he was not directly involved in it. Malik’s statement comes amid uproar in Parliament over the issue as the nation observed the 11th anniversary of the daring terror attack. Guru has been sentenced to death for masterminding the terror attack that took place on December 13, 2001. Last month also Malik had cautioned the government against hanging Guru, saying it would have disastrous consequences for the entire region and pave the way for return of violence to Jammu and Kashmir. State’s Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed also said that Guru should not be hanged as it would create a law and order problem in the state. Earlier in the day, Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma also made a controversial statement and advocated commuting Guru’s death sentence to life imprisonment. However, he later retracted the statement after being criticised by various parties, including the Congress. The BJP demanded in Parliament that the government announce the date of hanging Guru at the earliest. His mercy petition has been pending with the President for years, as the government has been finding it difficult to take a decision on it. The demand for his hanging intensified after the secret hanging of 26/11 attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab last month.