Gautam Guha, Agami Kalarab: Eighteen years ago on December 13, 2001 radical Islamic terrorists namely Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacked the Parliament complex and opened fire, killing nine people. The victims included five Delhi police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist who was injured died later. All five terrorists were shot dead. Prime Minister, President, Vice President of India and other leaders paid homage to those killed in the attack on its 18th anniversary. Prime Minister told,”On this day, this Nation recalls the supreme sacrifices of our security personnel including two of the parliamentary security service staff along with the five Delhi police personnel and a woman constable of the Central Reserved Police Force. One gardener of the CPWD and a cameraman of ANI were also martyred.” Mr. Venkaiyah Naidu said by their selfless act, these martyrs set an example of indomitable courage and outstanding devotion to duty.
The saddest part was few politicians of India mostly opposition parties of India were backed the hanging of Afzal Guru and their allies. Marxist leaders portrayed Guru, Yakub Memon as a fighter of self determination in Kashmir. Now their duplicity and fake propagandas similar to Islamic jihadis has been exposed. But even as the ultra-religious, radical Islamists and atheist communists are diametrically opposed to one another, an alliance between them is most unlikely. This because the communists find Islamic radicals’ bigotry and intolerance repugnant. On the other hand, the Islamists emphatically and unambiguously reject almost each and everything that the socialist left claims to stand for or has stood in history. In almost every country, radical Islamists are not only forming an alliance with the communists but are also being their comrades de guerre in a fight against the common enemies, which varies from country to country and region to region.
On 4 August 2005, the Supreme Court, upheld the death sentence for Afzal Guru while it commuted Shaukat Hussain Guru’s sentence from death to 10 years imprisonment. Of the three sentenced to death, SAR Geelani (who was presented as the mastermind behind the attack), Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afzal Guru, only Afzal Guru’s penalty was upheld by the Supreme Court. Guru filed a review petition before the Supreme Court seeking review of its judgement. However, on 22 September 2005, the review petition too came to be dismissed by the Supreme Court.
In its judgement, the Supreme Court observed:
“As criminal acts took place pursuant to the conspiracy, the appellant, as a party to the conspiracy, shall be deemed to have abetted the offence. In fact, he took active part in a series of steps taken to pursue the objective of conspiracy.” The families of victims of the 2001 parliament attack said that they will write to president Pranab Mukherjee to get back the bravery awards returned by them earlier. The families had earlier returned the medals to protest the delay in hanging. But lated Afzal Guru was hanged six days later on 9 February 2013 at 8 am. in December 2013, Jaish, through Lahore’s Maktab-e-Irfan, released a book entitled Aina (Mirror), where Guru says that “For Muslims, there are only two options: jihad or migration. Migration is not possible because there is not Madinah here”, and expresses his preference for the Mullah Omar and Talibans over local Kashmiri leadership. Terrorism in the name of religion based is not new in India but it has been brought out all over the world. Afzal wrote in the letter written with crust and shamelessly before his death “I am about to be hanged. I am thankful that Allah chose me for this sacrifice.”
Now the time has come to stop bloodshed of innocents and commemorate those martyrs who gave their lives for our motherland.