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Hang Afzal Guru at the earliest: Digvijay Singh

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru should be hanged at the earliest, senior Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said today, differing from the cautious attitude of the AICC on the contentious issue.



New Delhi: Parliament attack convict Afzal
Guru should be hanged at the earliest, senior Congress General
Secretary Digvijay Singh said today, differing from the
cautious attitude of the AICC on the contentious issue.

"Supreme Court has given him the death sentence for the
kind of crime he has committed. It should be done (carried
out) at the earliest", Singh told reporters.

His reaction was at variance with the Congress which
steered clear of the clemency issue of Afzal Guru today,
saying it was a matter to be decided by the President, the
Centre and Delhi government as they had "all the facts".

"There is no need to comment... It is outside our
purview," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said at a press
briefing when asked for the party`s views on Guru`s mercy
petition and that his file has been going back and forth
between the Delhi government and office of Lt Governor
Tejinder Khanna.

He said there are "competent people" in these
institutions who will take the decision.

The Delhi Government today sent back the convicti`s mercy
petition to the Lt Governor after incorporating some "minor
clarifications".

The LG had sent back the file yesterday night seeking
more clarification over the remark of the Delhi Government,
which had backed the death sentence but with a rider that the
law and order implications should be closely examined while
carrying out his execution.

PTI

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