Protests outside J&K House over Afzal clemency
Srinagar: Chaotic scenes prevailed in and outside the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly on the second day on Thursday over delay in introducing a resolution seeking clemency for Afzal Guru- convicted in Parliament attack case.
As per reports, Independent MLA Engineer Rashid, who had moved a resolution asking for clemency for Guru, and his supporters today protested outside the House and clashed with police after they were told to disperse.
Afzal Guru has been given the death sentence by the Supreme Court for his role in the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001.
Rashid’s move is inspired by a resolution passed unanimously by the Tamil Nadu Assembly asking for the death sentence to be commuted for three men convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The controversial resolution has thrown a complex political challenge for many politicians in J&K. The Congress and the ruling National Conference had asked their MLAs to vote "according to their conscience."
Meanwhile, the BJP is strongly opposing any move to reduce the punishment for Guru. The main Opposition party - Mehbooba Mufti`s PDP - supports the resolution for Mr Guru.
Due to continued ruckus in the state assembly over the issue, the resolution will have to be reintroduced in the next session.
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