Better late than never, says Parliament attack martyr's family
Mathura, Feb. 9 : Expressing delight over the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, family members of martyred head constable Ghanshyam Patel, who was killed on duty on the fateful day, said it is better late than never.
It has been twelve years, but we are happy now. We will now take back the medals awarded to my husband. We had pledged that we would take the medals only after his (Afzal) hanging. We thank the government for the final decision that they have taken", said the martyred head constable's widow.
"We think that the government has finally given true tributes to my father. We had earlier promised to not take the medals back, but now we will take it," added the martyr's elder son.
Afzal Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.
A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.
Guru was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in the national capital.