State political leaders welcome Afzal

Bhubaneswar: Cutting across party lines, political leaders in the state have welcomed the Central government’s decision to hang Afzal Guru, the main accused in the December 13, 2001, terror strike on the Parliament.
 
Kharavela Swain, former MP said, “This is a stern message to the whole world that no outsider can enter India and kill anyone. With this firm decision the country has shown its power. The decision has been delayed, but the law has taken its course.” 
 
Finance minister and BJD leader Prasanna Acharya also echoed the similar sentiments. Acharya said, “The attack on the Parliament means it’s an attack on the democracy of India. No one is above the law, this has been proved.”
 
Senior BJP leader Biswa Bhushan Harichandan said, “We welcome the decision. This is a strong message for all who indulge in terrorism that the law will be enacted and enforced.”
 
Guru was convicted of a conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
 
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
 
Guru, a Kashmiri Muslim, was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in New Delhi.
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