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Parliament attack: Hang Afzal, demand martyrs' families


Subhajit Sengupta,CNN-IBN
Dec 13, 2011 at 07:58am IST

New Delhi: Ten years after the attack, the families of the martyrs are boycotting Parliament to protest the delay in hanging convict Afzal Guru. They are meeting the President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday to request her to expedite the process.

There were seven brave men who laid down their lives to save the prestige of the nation, but their families are boycotting the tribute ceremony in Parliament. The family members are angry that the state is delaying the execution of Afzal Guru, convicted in Parliament attack.

Husband of a martyr said, "Five years ago, we returned the gallantry medals on the same grounds."

Wife of a martyr said, "We will only take the medals back only once Afzal Guru is executed."

The families say they have been suitably compensated; a government job has been given to one member of each household. But in delaying the death sentence of Afzal, they say justice has been denied.

Though the government has kept most of the promises to the families of the martyr, they claim it's the delay in hanging Afzal Guru that is an insult to those brave men.

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