Do not hang Afzal Guru, says Ambedkar`s grandson
Mumbai: Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar Saturday said 2001 parliament attack convict Afzal Guru should not be hanged but sentenced to life imprisonment.
"The government should put the hanging of Guru in abeyance to avoid strengthening separatists in Jammu and Kashmir," Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar, told IANS over the phone.
"We should understand that we are not ruled by fundamental Hindu nationalists. India is a secular country and it is run by secularists," he said.
Union minister Beni Prasad Verma too had Thursday opposed death penalty to Guru. He later retracted from the statement, saying he was misquoted.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had earlier said a decision on Guru`s mercy plea would be taken after the parliament`s winter session.
Guru was sentenced to death Dec 18, 2002, by a trial court. The order was upheld by Delhi High Court in 2003. Supreme Court rejected Guru`s appeal in 2005.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion on clashes at JNU over Afzal Guru row
- JNU students call terrorist Afzal Guru a martyr amid anti-nationalist slogans
- DNA: Siachen survivor Hanumanthappa fights for life as India prays for him
- DNA: JNU students clash over Afzal Guru row
- DNA: Know about world's highest battlefield Siachen
- Drunk girl creates ruckus in Delhi's Connaught Place; arrested - Watch
- JNU erupts over 'Shaheed Afzal Guru', 'Azad Kashmir'; rival student groups clash, police deployed
- AAP poster showing Arvind Kejriwal with Bhindranwale sparks row in Punjab
- Video of Hanumanthappa's rescue that went viral on social media is fake - Watch
- Paid sex: Good or bad? This girl was too eager to find out - Watch what happened!