Ajmal Kasab, the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative who was sentenced to death for his role in the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, was hanged at the Yerwada Jail in Pune at 7.30 am on November 21 , 2012 a day before winter session.
Why there is a coincidence between the hanging of Kasab and Afzal before the parliament sessions. Kasab was hanged just before winter session, while Afzal guru's hanging came a few days before the budget session.
Also to see the larger picture , the 2014 Lok sabha elections are also not far away. Opposition parties are linking a political angle to the execution of Afzal Guru.
As right wing Hindutva based parties have been cornering the UPA on the issue of Afzal's hanging ever since the Parliament attack and could have become a major election agenda for the BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
Ajmal Kasab was executed just five days before the nation observed the fourth anniversary of the attack that left 166 people dead, and several others injured. Kasab's unclaimed body, since his family is in Pakistan, was buried in Yerwada Jail.
' Terming the hanging of Afzal Guru as "travesty of justice and democracy", the CPI(ML) said it was carried out to "appease the communal fascist forces who want to make Narendra Modi India's Prime Minister."
"Faced with growing popular opposition and resistance on every front, the Congress party and the UPA government are desperately trying to appease the BJP and the communal-fascist brigade," General Secretary of CPI(ML) Liberation, Dipankar
Bhattacharya said in a statement here.
Claiming that Guru was a surrendered Kashmiri militant who had given himself up to the BSF in 1993 and had since been working in the shadow of the Special Task Force of Kashmir Police, he said Guru was implicated in the December 13, 2001
Parliament attack case.
"He had no lawyer to represent him when the trial court convicted him without any direc t evidence and yet the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty in the name of satisfying 'the collective conscience of society' even as the High Court and the Supreme Court passed adverse remarks on the shoddy nature of investigation and dubious quality of evidence produced by the police," the Left leader said.
"Nobody has ever been hanged in this country for the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom, for all the anti-Muslim violence including the horrific Mumbai and Surat riots of 1992 and the 2002 Gujarat genocide, or for the massacres of dalits, adivasis and other oppressed sections by private armies or the state."
"Far from satisfying the 'collective conscience' of the Indian society, the hanging of Afzal Guru only exposes the double standards of justice," Bhattacharya said, adding that the democratic movement in the country "will reject and resist this Congress-BJP collusion and intensify the battle for justice and democratic rights".
Congress says Afzal's hanging has nothing to do with politics or elections
I and B Minister Manish Tewari said "Afzal Guru's hanging is not based on political considerations,." Further adding Towari said ,"Afzal's hanging furthers cause of justice and national security."
The law had taken its own course in the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said
"The process of Article 72 unfolded and the once the mercy petition was rejected by the president (Pranab Mukherjee) the law took its own course," Tewari told
"Unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), we don't politicise the decisions which pertain to the national security. Eventually, when you are dealing with process under criminal jurisprudence, you see that law is followed rigorously," he said.
BJP questions inordinate delay in execution of Afzal
The government should explain the "inordinate delay" in executing the death sentence against Afzal Guru, BJP spokerperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said "This was the severity of the attack his review was rejected in 2007 , this question will remain and the ansewer should be found out."
"An important question from this event will be why there was so much delay in carrying out the death sentence," BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad.
According to the BJP spokesperson, today is a day to emphasise a zero-tolerance policy towards tackling terrorism.
Questioning the government on the timming of the action now - hanging Guru and Pakistani national Ajmal Amir Kasab - with an eye on the 2014 general elections, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said "Perhaps the government is acting now against the death convicts as it suffers from policy paralysis". He added that the hanging of the Parliament attack convict though belated was welcome.
Afzal Guru, convicted in the audacious attack on Parliament in 2001, was today hanged in Tihar Jail, in an operation shrouded in secrecy. "Afzal Guru was hanged at 8 AM," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said shortly after the execution of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant.
Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Delhi's Tihar Jail at 8 a.m. Saturday, was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging was scheduled for October 2006, but stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition.
Nine people were killed in the December 2001 parliament attack when five heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists drove into the complex and opened fire