Sonepat: On the eve of 11th anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack, the widow of one of the security personnel killed in the strike appealed to the government to carry out death sentence on Afzal Guru, jailed for his role as one of the masterminds in the conspiracy.

 

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Delhi Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Nanak Chand lost his life in the attack and was posthumously conferred with a bravery award in recognition of his sacrifice. His wife Gangadevi, however, said his family members had returned that medal to the government to press for Guru's execution.
    
President of All-India Anti-Terrorism Front, Maninderjit Singh Bitta also demanded that Guru should be executed.
    
Gangadevi appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to respect the wishes of the family members of the martyred security personnel who wanted justice to be done in the case.
    
She said that the late ASI's father, 80-year-old Mangeram, himself a retired police constable, was living with the hope that the government would do justice to his son and his surviving family members.
    
Afzal Guru was sentenced to death on December 18, 2002, by a trial court, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003.
    
His appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court on August 4, 2005. His mercy plea is pending and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said he will study the file after Parliament's winter session ends on December 22.

After terror convict Ajmal Kasab’s execution this November, Afzal Guru’s execution was demanded strongly nationwide.

On 13th December 2001, five gunmen infiltrated the Parliament House with Home Ministry and Parliament labels. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned 40 minutes prior to the incident. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi had already left the Parliament Building.

The five gunmen, believed to be from Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, entered the Parliament complex at 11:30 am. They opened incessant firing before entering the Parliament building after being challenged by the cavalcade of Vice-President. All five gunmen died on the spot. Many security men died during the firing session while several others got seriously injured.

JPN/Agencies

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