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Nation Wants To Know Why Afzal Guru Not Been Hanged : Sushma

PTI 13 Dec 2010, 13:34:33 IST
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New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) On the occasion of the ninth anniversary of Parliament attack, the government and the opposition were today locked in a war of words on the hanging of  Parliament attack case death row convict  Afzal Guru.

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj raised the pitch asking the country wants to know why Afzal Guru has not been hanged despite the Supreme Court confirming his punishment but Home Minister P Chidambaram countered it by saying he had explained the exact status of the terrorist's case several times.

"The country wants to know that Supreme Court has pronounced punishment to those guilty of Parliament attack and the second thing is that it has also confirmed their punishment, then why government is silent on it. Only paying tributes without giving punishment to the convicts, seems an observance of a ceremony," she said.
 
Earlier, the Prime Minsiter Dr Manmohan Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and others leaders and MPs paid floral tributes at the spot in Parliament House, where the security guards were martyred on December 13,2000.
 
Presiding officers in both Houses of Parliament before proceeding to the din, read out statements paying tributes to the fallen heroes.