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Explain delay in hanging Afzal Guru: BJP Last Updated : 09 Feb 2013 12:46:53 PM IST BJP welcomes Afzal Guru's execution
Questioning the delay in the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, BJP on Saturday said it should have happened much earlier after the confirmation of the capital punishment by the Supreme Court in 2005.
"The capital punishment awarded to Afzal Guru today is a part of legal and judicial process which ought to have taken place much earlier. The attack on the Indian Parliament happened in 2001, that is 12 years ago, which was an attack on India.
"Why this sort of delay inspite of overpowering desire of the people of the country that those who are accused of such a heinous offence ought to be given the capital punishment as affirmed by the highest court of the land. This question would remain important and an answer would have to be found out," BJP Chief Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.
Prasad said if one of the terrorists with an AK-47 would have entered Parliament, the lives of top leaders of political parties would have been imperiled or many would have been killed. "This was the severity of the terrorist act," he said.
On the delay in Guru's execution, he said, "This question would remain important and an answer would have to be found out."
Prasad said the nation should rededicate itself and take an unflinching resolve of zero tolerance against terrorism. Seeking to silence those raising the issue of human rights on Guru's execution, the BJP leader reminded them of the human rights of all those killed by terrorists and their patrons from across the border.
He said the Supreme Court had confirmed capital punishment against Afzal Guru in August 2005 and his review petition rejected in January 2007, but the government delayed the action. He also sought adoption of zero tolerance towards terrorism in the country.
Party vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Guru was a conspirator in waging war against the nation and responsible for attack on the temple of democracy (Parliament) in India. "It is a late decision but in national interest. There was a strong anger across the nation due to the delay (in execution). Despite the late action, people in the country have heaved a sigh of relief and this hanging has given a message to the terrorists and the anti-national forces working against the country," the BJP leader said.
His colleague Rajiv Pratap Rudy welcomed the execution saying it was a "much awaited and much wanted decision". "This action is delayed. But undoubtedly it is a welcome action" so that the world could see that India is committed against terror and the fight against terror, he said.
BJP on Saturday welcomed the execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru, saying it was a "much awaited and much wanted decision".
"This action is delayed. But undoubtedly it is a welcome action. ...it was a much awaited decision, much wanted decision so that the world could see that India is committed against terror, the fight against terror," BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.
He said the BJP has always been pressing for strong and prompt action against perpetrators of terror. "Any action against terror like the hanging of Afzal Guru should be immediate. It cannot be delayed. If the highest court of the land upheld the conviction of Afzal Guru in 2007,thereafter there was no reason that any mercy petition should have been delayed for so long," he said.
"Though delayed, we still feel that the hanging of Afzal Guru was a right action. It has been done and the people of this country have been wanting and waiting for it for a long time," he said.
Days after his mercy petition was rejected by the President, Guru was hanged at 8 AM at Tihar jail here. Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing
Welcoming the execution of Guru, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said he was "a conspirator in waging war against the nation and responsible for attack on the temple of democracy (Parliament) in India."
"It is a late decision but in national interest. There was a strong anger across the nation due to the delay (in execution). Despite the late action, people in the country have heaved a sigh of relief and this hanging has given a message to the terrorists and the anti-national forces working against the country," he said.
"We should adopt a zero-tolerance stand against terrorism," Naqvi added.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday welcomed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru."Better late than never," Modi posted on microblogging site Twitter after the Centre announced that Guru was hangedat Tihar Jail here this morning.
Guru, a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. After the hanging of Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab, main opposition BJP had stepped up its demands for speedy execution of Guru.
Najma Heptulla welcomed the decision. She said, "It doesn't matter what caste or creed the terrorist belongs to, he should be punished."
My body guard was shot. I welcome the news. Whatever the law says, we must do that."
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