Pathankot attack: Militants were avenging hanging of Afzal Guru, tells survivor
One of the three men abducted by terrorists in Pathankot on Saturday revealed that the militants were seeking revenge for hanging of 2001 Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru.
New Delhi: One of the three men abducted by terrorists in Pathankot on Saturday revealed that the militants were seeking revenge for hanging of 2001 Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru.
In an interview to Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur resident Rajesh Verma, who had his throat slit by abductors, said that the militants told them that they were avenging the hanging of their colleague Afzal Guru.
“You killed Afzal Guru and now we will take revenge’ they kept on saying as they continued beating us with rifles butts,” Verma was quoted as saying by HT.
A group of terrorists supposedly of Jaish-e-Mohammed entered a frontline Indian Air Force (IAF) base near this town in northern Punjab today and engaged the security forces in a fierce gunfight.
“As it was New year eve, my friend SP Salwinder Singh suggested that I come along and pay obeisance at the mazaar of a saint in village Kolian in Narot Jaimal Singh block close to the border. As we were coming back, four men in army uniforms signalled our car to stop. As we stopped, the four overpowered us and barged into the vehicle and tied all of us with ropes and clothes,” Verma further added.
Guru, who belonged to Kashmir, had been convicted of helping the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament in which 13 people were killed.
Guru's wife had filed a petition in 2006 asking for his death sentence to be commuted, which was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee days before he was hanged.