Afzal should be punished, says Muslim leader

Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, who is on death row, should be punished as decided by the judicial system of the country, a top leader of a prominent Muslim organisation said today.

Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 22:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Parliament attack case convict
Afzal Guru, who is on death row, should be punished as decided
by the judicial system of the country, a top leader of a
prominent Muslim organisation said today.

General Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Maulana
Mahmood Madani said those apprehending strong protest from the
Muslims if the punishment against Guru was carried out
actually want to gain "political mileage" out of the issue.

"I do not think the community will oppose it. Some
crazy people may oppose it but it will not be the community,"
he told a private news channel, replying to a question.

"There is a judicial system in the country and people
have full faith and confidence in it. After the judicial
process, it has been proved that the man is guilty."

Without naming Guru, Madani said if somebody has
committed a crime then he must be punished.

"I can say with full confidence that if somebody has
committed a crime then he must be punished at any cost what
ever be the repercussions. You should do justice," he said.

Asked whether some people were trying to defame the
community by saying that it will react strongly if Guru is
hanged, he replied: "yes".

"In a way they are defaming the community. They want
to take political benefit," he said. However, he added he
cannot give "guarantee" that there will be no protest or
violence if Guru`s sentence is carried out.

The Supreme Court had in 2005 upheld the Delhi High
Court verdict confirming the trial court judgement which had
awarded capital punishment to Guru for his role in the
conspiracy behind the December 13, 2001, terror attack on
Parliament.

PTI