BJP demands Afzal Guru hanging on anniversary of Parliament attack

The BJP today demanded of the execution of 2001 Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru, asking the government why it was taking time to carry out the death sentence handed down by the Supreme Court.

The party today sent a notice seeking a discussion on the hanging of Guru and sought a reply from the government on the matter. However, the Lok Sabha was disrupted by MPs who were in the well of the house shouting slogans against the government.

Earlier in  the day, Parliamentarians, including BJP leaders, were led by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in a solemn ceremony on the premises of Parliament to observe a moment of silence in memory of the martyrs who lost their lives while defending the Parliament.

The BJP leader said that the government should answer to their query about hanging Afzal Guru. AFP

However, soon after that, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said they were seeking answers from the government over the delay in hanging Guru.

"Every year we come and take part in this ceremony to pay tribute to those martyrs who fought to save our lives," she said.

"The question is that the if the Supreme Court has given the death sentence, why is his execution taking time?" Swaraj said.

True tribute to the martyrs would be given when the home minister explained and assured that Guru will be hanged soon, she added.

The demand for the execution comes despite Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde saying that he would consider the mercy pleas of seven convicts on death row after the end of the Winter Session of Parliament.

On 13 December 2011,  five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons. A year later, four accused, including Afzal Guru, were arrested for the attack and found guilty after a trial.

with inputs from PTI