Parliament attack anniversary: Martyrs` families demand Afzal`s execution
Upset over the delay in the hanging of Afzal Guru, some families of martyrs in the 2001 Parliament attack boycotted the function at Parliament.
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.