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'Plea for clemency to Afzal a disgrace'

The kin of security men killed in attack on Parliament say they feel "cheated" by those seeking a pardon for plotter.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 14:58 IST

Amid growing demands for clemency for Mohammed Afzal Guru, facing execution for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament, the kin of security personnel killed in the terrorist strike say they feel "cheated" by those seeking a pardon for him.

Sunder Singh Patel, the son of Delhi Police Head Constable Ghanshayam Patel, who lost his life said "After seeing the support from human rights and political groups for a terrorist, we feel cheated.

"This is not what my father laid down his life for," said 27-year-old Sunder.

A shocked Awdesh Kumar, whose wife Kamlesh Kumari, a CRPF constable, was also killed in the attack, said, "He (Guru) was involved in the attack of Parliament. His role was establihed and the trial took place from a lower court to the Supreme Court. Now why all of a sudden, the human rights groups and political parties have started raising their voice?."

Kamlesh was awarded Ashok Chakra, the highest civilian award for bravery.
"I can't believe it when I see and read that even political parties and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad have been favouring clemency for Guru," Kumar said from Kanauj in Uttar Pradesh.

He said that he felt proud that he was the husband of Kamlesh, but if clemency is granted, "I will regret that she wasted her life."

First Published: Oct 01, 2006 12:13 IST