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Activists protest against Afzal's hanging at Jantar Mantar

Feb 10, 2013 09:20 IST

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New Delhi: Several people protested against the hanging of Afzal Guru, one of the convicts of Parliament attack, at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

The protesters included social activists, students from universities, mostly from JNU, and from different social organisations.

Police detain a group of students during a protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

Police detain a group of students during a protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

"We are against capital punishment to any person and have gathered here to protest against Afzal's hanging," said Ruchika, one of the protesters on Saturday.

Another social activist and a student of JNU said, "After more than 60 years of independence, the country is carrying on such draconian laws demeaning the humanity which should be abolished soon."

During the protest, a Shiv Sena sympathizer clashed with the protesters saying demonstration was "anti-national".

"Afzal was convicted for Parliament attack and to demonstrate against his hanging is anti-national," he said.

Protesters chanting, "Stop Capital Punishment" were seen with placards in their hands demanding "Change the Law".

PTI