Following Afzal hanging, BSF on high alert at border

To prevent any infiltration attempt by Pakistan-based militant outfits following the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have been put on high alert at the Indo-Pak border along Punjab.

The retreat ceremonies, where flags of both countries are lowered at the Joint Check Posts in Attari, Hussainiwala and Sadqui, were also held under tight security on Saturday. "The BSF personnel were put on high alert all across border and for the retreat ceremonies to check any likely misadventures of Pak-based militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehrik-e-Taliban," BSF Deputy Inspector General R P S Jaswal said.

"Being a weekend, the number of visitors is more when compared to normal days so we had to take extra precautionary measures. At the end of the day, it was all normal during the ceremonies," Jaswal added.

Malerkotla welcomes Guru execution

Ludhiana:Residents and Muslim organisations of Malerkotla have stated that Parliament convict Afzal Guru deserved his punishment even as security was beefed up in the Muslim-dominated town following Guru's execution on Saturday morning.

"Afzal deserved this punishment and once his petition was rejected by the President, there was no question of any mercy. His offences were proved and hence he has been punished as per law," Mufti Faizal Ur-Rehman, a member of the Muslim Personal Law Board, said. The town remained calm after the execution.

Meanwhile, various other organisations have also welcomed the hanging. "Terrorists do not deserve mercy and fast track court, like the ones being set up deal with crimes against women, should be established to tackle the problem," the general secretary of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front, Yogesh Dewan, said.

As news of the execution filtered in on Saturday morning, the Ludhiana District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan welcomed the hanging of the Parliament attack convict. He added that by hanging Guru, the Congress-led UPA government has made it clear that it will not compromise on the nation's security.

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