Parliament attack on Thursday, Dec 13. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the ghastly incident when terrorists attacked India's most protected place, Parliament. The relatives of the victims of Parliament attack are demanding hanging of Afzal Guru, one of the prime accused in the incident. Cry for execution of Guru got momentum after the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, last month.
Sources say Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would take a decision on convict Guru's mercy petition after the end of current Parliament session.
On Wednesday, the widow of one of the security personnel killed in the strike appealed to the government to carry out death sentence on Guru. Delhi Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Nanak Chand lost his life in the attack and was posthumously conferred with a bravery award in recognition of his sacrifice. His wife Gangadevi, however, said his family members had returned that medal to the government to press for Guru's execution.
President of All-India Anti-Terrorism Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta also demanded that Guru should be executed. Gangadevi appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to respect the wishes of the family members of the martyred security personnel who wanted justice to be done in the case.
Afzal Guru was sentenced to death on Dec 18, 2002 by a trial court, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court on Oct 29, 2003. His appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court on Aug 4, 2005. His mercy plea is pending and Shinde has said he will study the file after Parliament's winter session ends on Dec 22.