BJP flays Arundhati Roy for 'defending' Afzal | Latest News India - Hindustan Times

BJP flays Arundhati Roy for 'defending' Afzal

None | ByHS Bartwal, New Delhi
Oct 28, 2006 07:30 PM IST

The BJP lashes out at Booker prize winner Arundhati for referring Afzal as a prisoner-of-war, reports HS Bartwal.

The BJP on Saturday lashed out at author and rights activist Arundhati Roy for demanding clemency for Mohammad Afzal, convicted by the Supreme Court for complicity in the December 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament.

HT Image
HT Image

"Those who are supporting Afzal by demanding that he should not be hanged are not only acting against pubic sentiment in the country but are giving a fillip to terrorist morale," said BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar.

Now catch your favourite game on Crickit. Anytime Anywhere. Find out how

Deploring that Roy and some others could go to the extent of describing Afzal as a prisoner-of-war being tried in the courts of "an occupying country", he stated that the suggestion was "preposterous and anti-national".

"No country has witnessed such a defence of a terrorist. They have gone beyond the academic discussion on whether to have capital punishment or not," the BJP leader said further.

He reiterated the party's demand for speedy disposal of Afzal's clemency petition and his hanging.

Filmmaker Anant Patwardhan and freedom fighter Bhagat Singh's nephew Jagmohan Singh too had earlier raised the demand for commuting Afzal's death sentence.

Get World Cup ready with Crickit! From live scores to match stats, catch all the action here. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on India News, Budget 2024, Arunachal CM Oath Ceremony Live, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.

Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, June 16, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On