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BJP raises the pitch for POTA's return as Delhi cop dies

delhi Updated: Sep 19, 2008 21:42 IST

The BJP on Friday raised the pitch for reintroduction of tough anti-terror law POTA and the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in the backdrop of the death of Delhi policeman M C Sharma in an encounter with militants in New Delhi.

"It is high time the Government implements the Supreme Court order to hang Afzal Guru," BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani told reporters outside the hospital where Sharma was admitted for treatment and subsequently died.

"It is very sad to announce that M C Sharma has become a martyr. I congratulate him for his bravery," he said adding "how long would this continue? How long will our security men continue to die?"

He said this will not end unless there is a "fundamental change" in the attitude of the government and the political leadership.

Advani was accompanied by BJP President Rajnath Singh, and party leaders V K Malhora, Mayor Arti Mehra, Vijay Goel and Harshvardhan.

"What is needed is a change in leadership of the political parties and people in authority," he said.

"It is a mockery that people who are responsible for the attack on our Parliament are not punished and it is high time that the government does something," Advani said.

He said that in the last four years, the country had witnessed not only attacks from across the border but also from the Students Islamic Movement of India and the Indian Mujahideen. "But the government could not do anything," he added.

"POTA can play an important role and after the Parliament attack if POTA had been there, then we could have punished the culprits," he said.