Uproar in J-K Assembly over Afzal Guru clemency issue

Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday over a resolution seeking clemency for Afzal Guru, who was convicted of conspiracy in connection with the December 2001 attack on Parliament.

A resolution seeking clemency for Guru was submitted by Engineer Rashid, an independent MLA in the 87-member state Legislative Assembly.

As soon as the House convened, Opposition MLAs, primarily from the Jammu region, stormed into the Well of the House demanding that the resolution should not be tabled and taken up for discussion.

Opposition MLAs hold view that the Assembly has no power to discuss the verdict by the Supreme Court of the country.

Guru was awarded death sentence by a court in 2002 after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to attack the Parliament, waging war against the country and murder.

The Delhi High Court upheld the death sentence in 2003 and his appeal was further rejected by the Supreme Court two years later.

Following this, Afzal Guru filed a mercy petition with the President, who forwarded it to the Home Ministry for its comments.

A group of gun-and grenade-wielding militants had stormed the Parliament premises in December 2001, but were stopped by security personnel.

The attack led to the death of a dozen people, including six policemen, a civilian and five militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

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