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Govt rejects 'delay' in Afzal's execution

Rejecting opposition BJP's allegation that it is 'delaying' the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the government says the time is yet to come to take a decision on it.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2008 00:39 IST

The government today rejected opposition BJP's allegation that it was "delaying" the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, saying the time is yet to come to take a decision on it.

"Why so much shouting about Afzal Guru? It took seven to eight years to finalise the mercy appeals of all other convicts. When the time comes, it will be decided," Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said here.

He said Afzal Guru is not roaming around in the country. All this noise is being made only to gain political mileage and the people of the country can understand that.

"There is a queue. More than ten persons are coming in that queue. After Independence, except the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, no mercy petition was finalised in five years. Rajiv Gandhi's assassin's mercy appeal was finalised after seven years," Jaiswal said.

He said terror attacks targeting police stations or other vital installations are far more serious than the strikes in public places.

Making a distinction between terrorist attacks on public places and government establishments, he said no grave attacks, like the one on Parliament has taken place in the last four years.

"If a bomb is hurled at a police station, then it is a very serious incident. If a bomb is hurled in a bazar, then it is not such a serious incident in comparison with the bomb attack on a police station."

"For example, terror incidents like Parliament attack, attack on Red Fort and the Kandahar hijack have not happened in the last four years," Jaiswal said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here.

Prevention of terrorist attacks and internal security is the "first responsibility of state governments" and the Centre is ready to support state governments in every possible way, the minister said.

"No attack like the Parliament attack or on Red Fort has happened in the last four years. It is true that bombs were hurled in bazars and attempts were made to spread terror. To overcome such incidents, we have done whatever we could with the help of state governments. But law and order is a state subject and states have the first responsibility on internal security," he said.

Jaiswal said some of the neighbouring countries are jealous of India's economic growth. The political situation in the neighbouring nations is not a happy story.

"In such circumstances, sometimes we are successful in preventing terror attacks. Sometimes we don't appear to be successful," Jaiswal said.