BJP welcomes Government's decision to hang Afzal Guru

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 04:20 hrs

Reacting to the hanging of Afzal Guru, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday welcomed the Government's decision to hang the main accused in the December 13, 2001, terror strike on the Indian Parliament.

BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy welcomed the decision to hang Afzal Guru, saying that his party will fully support the government in this decision.

Another BJP spokesman Prakash Javadkar said: "There has been finishing of the work of the law. The law has done its work. He had to be hanged ten years back and the people of the nation wanted the same."

"The government was under the pressure of the people and had to do this. Though it has been delayed, but the law has taken its course. This is a lesson and a message for all who indulge in terrorism that the law will be enacted and enforced. The BJP has continuously raised this demand," he added.

Meanwhile, Hilal Ahmad War of the hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), predictably criticized the hanging of Afzal Guru, and warned of revengeful action.

"We will give a response to this to India. We will take the revenge. We condemn this action of India. India wants war. This is a provocation. We will call for a strike and will respond to India on this. The situation will go back to that of 90's, and the condition of Kashmir will be spoilt," he said.

In the wake of his hanging, curfew has been imposed in several areas of Jammu and Kashmir in anticipation of protests. The army is on high-alert in the state.

The Supreme Court gave guru the death sentence in 2004. His hanging was earlier scheduled for October 2006, but was suspended or stayed after his wife had filed a mercy petition on his behalf.

In December 2001, five heavily armed terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. Nine people were killed, most of them security personnel. All five terrorists were killed.

At that time, proceedings in Parliament was adjourned even as several lawmakers were inside. A few days later, Guru was arrested on the charge that he had masterminded the terror strike.

The main opposition BJP has repeatedly questioned the delay in Guru's execution, and its leaders last questioned the government in Parliament on the 11th anniversary of the attack (December 13, 2012).

Guru's execution comes almost three months after Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune's Yeravada Jail for his role in the terror strikes in Mumbai between November 26 and 29, 2008.

Separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir had earlier warned of retaliation if Guru was executed.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had repeatedly stressed that it could have serious repercussions on his state.

Abdullah, who is in Delhi, is leaving for Srinagar immediately. (ANI)

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