M.S. Bitta, Parliament attack martyr's families laud Afzal's hanging
New Delhi, Feb. 9 : Expressing delight over the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, M. S. Bitta, All-India Anti- Terrorist Front (AIATF) Chief, along with the victims' families on Saturday said that the government has finally paid true tributes to the martyred.
Thanking the media, President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Bitta said that there should be no politics on the issue as they are very happy with the decision.
"Though the decision has come late, but now we will not complain anymore. We will not let anyone play politics on the name of our martyrs. The government has taken a right decision and we welcome it. We all are united against terrorism. We had refused to take medals awarded to those who laid down their lives until Afzal execution. Now we will write a letter to the President and take back our medals," said Bitta.
"Since the day Kasab was hanged, we hoped that it would be Afzal's turn next and only then would we get justice. Today, after 11 years we have received that justice," said Ganga Devi, widow of Delhi Police official Nanak Chand.
Bachu Singh, son of another policeman, Ghanshyam Patel, who was killed in 2001 parliament attack, said: We have waited for quite a long time but as they say it is better late than never. Today is the day that a true tribute has been made in honour of the sacrifice made by my father."
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.