Kin of Parliament attack martyrs take back bravery medals

The family of eight security personnel,who died in the 2001 Parliament attack,on Saturday took back the gallantry medals which they had returned in 2006 to protest against delay in the execution of Afzal Guru.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: March 31, 2013 1:32 am

The family of eight security personnel,who died in the 2001 Parliament attack,on Saturday took back the gallantry medals which they had returned in 2006 to protest against delay in the execution of Afzal Guru.

The kin of those who lost their lives in the attack received the medals from President Pranab Mukherjee. The families had decided to take back the medals after Afzal was hanged last month.

Daughter of slain CRPF constable Kamlesh Kumari,Shweta Singh said,“I was here for my mother and I am grateful to the President that he rejected the mercy plea of Afzal Guru. It has honoured my mother’s martyrdom.”

Delhi Police constable late Vijender Singh’s wife,Jayawati said,“I wanted nothing else from the government other than sentencing of the perpetrators… It is a huge relief that my husband’s martyrdom got its due.”

M S Bitta,chairman of Anti-Terrorist Front,who accompanied the families to Rashtrapati Bhavan,said he was grateful to the President for giving back the medals.

Guru,convicted in the attack on Parliament on December 13,2001 was hanged in Tihar Jail on February 9.

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