Afzal Guru was hanged in accordance to the law after his direct role in the Parliament attack case was clearly proved in the courts, said Lok Satta Party national president Jayaprakash Narayan.

Talking to media persons here on Saturday evening, Mr Jayaprakash said the ongoing debate over death penalty and the hanging of Afzal guru should be viewed separately. Capital punishment is permissible in the rarest of rare offences under the law.

The evidences against Afzal Guru clearly established that he had provided mobile phones, accommodation, vehicles, and explosives to the terrorists who attacked the Parliament on December 13 in 2001.

"It is the rarest of rare crime in which the terrorists stormed the Parliament, the symbol of sovereignty of the nation, while in session, killing nine persons mostly policemen and endangering the lives of the MPs, Union Ministers and other elected representatives," he added.

It is not proper to debate on the hanging of Afzal Guru, he said noting that the death sentence was given by the trial court in 2002 and later ratified by the Supreme Court in 2005 based on conclusive proof of Guru’s direct role behind the heinous crime.

It took nearly 12 years time to execute the death penalty. The punishments against the accused in rarest of the rare offences like the gang-rapes should be executed expeditiously, he opined.

Power crisis

On the power supply situation in the State, Mr Jayaprakash demanded that the government initiate urgent steps to purchase power or explore alternative options to avoid the impending “power crisis.”

On the organisational elections, he said a three-member committee has been constituted to oversee the coming organisational polls to elect the new office bearers from the constituency to the State-level through secret ballot mode.

The Lok Satta State secretary P Ravi Maruthi, Yuva Satta district president B Badru Naik and others were present.