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BJP welcomes Afzal Guru's hanging

New Delhi:The BJP Saturday welcomed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, saying "it was a right move"."We welcome the move. Though delayed, it was a right move.

The opposition and the entire country was harping on the hanging of Afzal Guru," Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here."The entire country was waiting for this," he said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also 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 hanged at 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.

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged Saturday morning, days after President Pranab Mukherjee refused his mercy petition, officials said."Afzal Guru was hanged at 8 am," Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters.
 
Afzal Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging was scheduled for October 2006, but was stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition.

Nine people were killed in the Dec 13, 2001 parliament attack when five heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire.The terrorists were shot dead.

(Agencies)

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