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Victims' families don't want Afzal to be pardoned
October 03, 2006 17:39 IST
Families of the security personnel killed in the 2001 attack on Parliament approached President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday, requesting him not to grant any pardon to Mohammed Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death by Supreme Court.
The families, led by M S Bitta, chairman of Anti-Terrorist Front, submitted a memorandum at the President's office stating that any clemency shown to a dreaded terrorist like Afzal would encourage other anti-national elements.
'A terrorist of his stature who exhibits no humanly concern while committing the heinous crime against humanity does not invite any pardon', the memorandum said.
The families who submitted the memorandum to Kalam included Jayawati, widow of Delhi police constable Bijender Singh, Bimla Devi, widow of Delhi police head constable Om Prakash, Bacchu Singh, son of Delhi police head constable Ghyansham Patel and Karamveer, sone of Delhi police sub-inspector Rampal.
'It is ironic to observe that even after years of being convicted for their ghastly and inhuman crimes, terrorists have managed to escape gallows...mostly due to the support raised by some political parties and social groups... who influence the justice system flowing in right direction', the memorandum said.
Afzal is getting a lot of support from various political parties who were trying hard to save him from gallows for vote bank politics, it said.
The affected familes expressed hope that the faith of those affected by terrorism in the judicial system would be maintained if a hardcore terrorist like Afzal is shown no mercy.