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Hang Afzal,say kin of Parliament attack victims

“For 10 years now,I have been waiting for an answer,” says Sunita Devi from Vaishali,who lost her husband in the December 13,2001,attack on Parliament.

“For 10 years now,I have been waiting for an answer,” says Sunita Devi from Vaishali,who lost her husband in the December 13,2001,attack on Parliament.

Vikram Bisht,an ANI cameraperson,was shot in the spine,and he passed away in January 2003. Sunita Devi and the families of 10 others,who lost their lives in the attack,gathered outside Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

The victims’ families presented a memorandum to the office of President Pratibha Patil,demanding “the immediate execution of the death penalty awarded to Mohd Afzal Guru”. The families also attended a commemorative function at the Amar Jawan Jyoti,India Gate. The event is organised every year to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.

In the memorandum,the families asked: “How can important case files of high-profile terrorists go missing from the safe confines of the Home ministry or Law ministry?”

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It also stated that pardoning Guru would amount to “mocking brave soldiers and civilians who laid down their lives while performing their duty”.

The families also appealed to the President to erect a memorial for victims of the attack outside the periphery of Parliament,so it can be accessible to everybody. They sought space at the roundabout near Parliament to built the commemorative structure.

Speaking at the function,M S Bitta,head of the Anti-Terrorist Front,said the delay in executing Guru had “raised the morale of anti-national elements”.

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The memorandum,signed by all the family members of the deceased,noted that they have returned the medals awarded to the soldiers,and they would boycott all official functions to demonstrate their “silent protest”.

First published on: 14-12-2011 at 12:57:44 am
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