Parliament attack anniversary: Martyrs` families demand Afzal`s execution

Last Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 00:22

New Delhi: Upset over the delay in the hanging of Afzal Guru, some families of martyrs in the 2001 Parliament attack, on Thursday boycotted the function at Parliament, demanding the convict`s immediate execution.

They skipped the homage ceremony held at Parliament on the eleventh anniversary of the attack.

"Kasab`s hanging has given us some solace. Though he committed the crime much later but was hanged earlier, why is Afzal`s case still pending," said Ganga Devi, wife of deceased Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Nanak Chand at a function organised by All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF).

They expressed hope that Guru will be hanged soon after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde`s promise of looking into the case.

"Life has been tough since my father died. Though my mother has helped me a lot to overcome the loss," said Gaurav Yadav, son of another victim Jagdish Prasad Yadav.

The victims` families have already returned gallantry medals to the President in protest against the delay in hanging of Guru.

AIATF chairman M S Bitta said the families will continue to boycott the homage-paying ceremony at Parliament till Guru is hanged.

He said Shinde`s promise of looking into Afzal`s case has given some hope. "We will wait for three months and chalkout our next course of action," Bitta said.

On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed into Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

The martyrs included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.

A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 21:19

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