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Afzal Guru executed: UPA govt prepares for final electoral battle
The date, time and place of Afzal Guru's going to gallows was one of the best kept secrets of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in recent years. Perfect secrecy was maintained till the end. The credit for this and also for taking a bold decision to carry out the sentence, as ordered by the Supreme Court of India, must go to the Home Ministry.

Guru was one of the plotters of launching an armed attack in collaboration with five ‘Pakistani terrorists’ on the temple of democracy, the Sansad Bhawan in New Delhi. The terrorists were killed by the CRPF contingent deployed there. Many members of the Watch and Ward staff of the Parliament of India made the supreme sacrifice while doing their duty in utter disregard of personal safety.


As per the blueprint of this cheeky misadventure, the terrorists were to catch the armed security guards deployed in a leisurely fashion by surprise, snatch their firearms and identity papers besides uniform to facilitate their own entry into the Central Hall of the Parliament. It may be mentioned that between the chambers of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha is located the Central Hall.

Members of Parliament who are not debating or discussing a bill or are free from calling names find it fruitful to sit in the Central Hall and spend some time in gossip sessions or planning strategy for future.

At the time of the terrorist attack on the Sansad Bhawan, the Central Hall was packed to capacity. The Hon'ble Members of Parliament of both houses were relaxing and comparing political notes absolutely unaware of the catastrophe lurking in the nearest corner and was about to fall on them.

The CRPF guards and the Watch and Ward staff had done their duty faithfully and killed the terrorists before they could enter the main building on way to the Central Hall. Alternately, the terrorists were to take the entry through Gate Nine but were made to bite the dust before that.

Historically speaking, it was in this Central Hall that the Constituent Assembly met under the chairmanship of Dr Rajendra Prasad, debated clauses and enacted the Constitution of India under the stewardship of Baba Saheb Ambedkar. It was here that on 26th November 1949 that the Constitution of India was completed and the Nation adopted on 26 January 1950. Thank God that the terrorists could not etch their names on the annals of history of India.


Justice delayed is justice denied, goes an old legal saying. However, in the present case, justice was delayed in the sense that the terror-convict was not hanged even after the Apex Court had rejected his appeal in 2006. It took another seven years for the Government of India to carry out the punishment and thus it was vulnerable to severe criticism by the opposition parties and legal luminaries. The non-hanging till death of Afzal Guru for seven long years after the orders of the Supreme Court to let the noose be put in the convict's neck exposed the central govt to the charge of being soft on terror.

Now that the opposition is mounting a charge on the government with Narendra Modi as their leader, the government is going an extra mile to cover all the loopholes and prepare for the final electoral battle.

Kashmir may pose a problem of law and order because Afzal Guru belonged to Sopore town of the Valley. Of course, as of now, the situation is well under control of the administration and curfew has been imposed in places where the crowds were likely to be restive.


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