Examining Afzal Guru files: Shinde

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 12:40 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IBNS) Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said he is examining the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

"The Afzal Guru files have come to me and I am examining it," Shinde said at Agenda Aaj Tak conclave here on Friday.

Mohammad Afzal, or Afzal Guru, was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. Six security personnel were killed in the attack along with five terrorists.

Shinde said the country has taken several steps to invigorate its intelligence apparatus after the 26/11 attacks.

Talking about the secret execution of 26/11 accused Ajmal Kasab, he said, "It was a secret operation and my police background helped me to put the mission in place. The toughest part of the operation was the transportation of Kasab from the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai to Pune. And it was a top-secret."

To a query at Agenda Aaj Tak on whether India will embark on another secret mission to smoke out terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim, Shinde said, "The government is hammering out a strategy and talking to international agencies to extradite not only Dawood, but all terrorists holed up in other countries."

Asked why has Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik being invited when the country has done nothing to bring the 26/11 guilty to book, Shinde said, "International relations have to maintained. Sports and cultural exchanges should continue. But we are making visa norms very stringent."

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