Bal Thackeray’s wish fulfilled: Shiv Sena

Leaders across Maharashtra’s political spectrum on Saturday lauded the UPA government’s decision to execute Mohd. Afzal Guru for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack case.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the policemen, a Parliament guard and a gardener, who were killed in the terror strike, were finally served justice. India sent out a strong message that it would never “bow” to terror activities, he said

“Due process of law has been observed in this case with every procedure followed,” he said, adding Afzal Guru was given a chance to defend himself as was the 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab, who was executed in the State in November last.

On the secrecy about the time of execution, Home Minister and senior NCP leader R.R. Patil said it was the prerogative of a government to keep vital information under wraps, when it had a bearing on the security of the state.

The Shiv Sena, among the most strident parties clamouring for the execution of Afzal Guru, commended the UPA government for “finally” implementing the long-pending decision. “The government and the President showed courage in hanging Afzal Guru,” said Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut but said it had taken them 12 years to do so.

Just decision: Athawale

“At the end, it [the execution] was the right and just decision,” said Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athawale, an ally of the Sena-BJP alliance.

However, the BJP termed the execution an instance of ‘justice denied, justice delayed,’ with party spokesman Madhav Bhandari saying the hanging of Guru was part of the Congress strategy to win public favour in the event of early polls. “The UPA had to take the decision under mounting public pressure,” he said.

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