Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has demanded the execution of the death sentence of Afzal Guru who was found guilty in the attack on Parliament. Speaking at the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, Mr. Chauhan said that it was unfortunate that “we have so far spent Rs.20 crore on the security of Afzal Guru and yet are unable to take a final decision on the issue of execution of his death sentence”.

Mr. Chauhan also said that delay in awarding punishment to Afzal Guru and Kasab was reducing people's faith in the judicial procedure of the country, which was not good for Indian democracy.

To reign in corruption, money laundering and the presence of black money, Mr. Chauhan demanded the immediate closure of circulation of Rs.1000 and Rs. 500 currency notes in the country. He said that with this measure it would be difficult and impractical for forgers to print and transport currency notes of denominations Rs.100 and Rs.50.

Mr. Chauhan also said that the M.P. police had done a commendable job in controlling the spread of naxal violence in the State. The Chief Minister said that the naxal organisations are increasingly spreading their presence in districts like Dindori, Mandla, Anuppur, Shahdol, Sidhi and Singrauli of the State which are bordering Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. Due to this, he demanded that these districts should also be included in the reimbursement of the expenditure made on security.

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