Nation pays tribute to martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack (Lead: Parliament attack anniversary)

December 13th, 2007 - 6:48 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Dozens of people and politicians today paid homage to the martyrs of the December 13, 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament.
This year marks the sixth anniversary of the incident in which five gunmen stormed the heavily guarded Parliament complex and killed nine people before being shot dead by the security personnel.
It was a sensitive moment for relatives of the victims of the attack as they remembered their loved ones and hoped justice would be done to them.
I have not received any compensation so far and I have been suffering. I have not received the petrol pump that I was promised,” said Jaywati, the widow of one of the Parliament attacks victim.
Several functions are being organised to mark the day, and pay tributes to those killed in the deadly attack.
The Supreme Court had awarded capital punishment to Mohammad Afzal Guru for his involvement in the Parliament attack case.
Afzal was sentenced to death on December 18, 2002 by a trial court. This was confirmed by the Delhi High Court and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004.
However, the debate over the awarding of death sentence to the main accused continues.
Anti Terrorist Front President M S Bitta raised questions on the intentions of the ruling party and the concerned departments over punishing the accused.
Why hasn’t Afzal been hanged? Do we have to send the file request to some other country? Does (US President) George Bush or any other world leader need to have a look at the case? Why are we not taking any action? The case is still pending with the Home Ministry and the Law Ministry,” said Bitta. (ANI)

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