Mumbai on alert after Afzal hanging

Within hours of Afzal Guru's hanging in Delhi on Saturday morning, security was beefed up in Mumbai, and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan asked political parties to set aside political differences and remain united against terrorism.

Home Minister R R Patil welcomed the hanging of Guru and said an alert had been issued in the state and security increased in Mumbai and parts of the state.

In a statement, Chavan said the hanging had sent the message that India would not bow to terrorism. He said as the case had been with Mumbai terror convict Ajmal Kasab, all legal and judicial processes had been completed in Afzal's case. Kasab was hanged in Pune on November 21 last year.

"Justice has been done to the security personnel who laid down their lives during the attack on Parliament that I have seen closely. The death penalty was executed after completion of the judicial procedure. This has sent a strong message that India would not bow to terrorists," he said.

He urged political parties to keep differences aside and help in ensuring calm in the city and the state.

Opposition parties Shiv Sena and BJP, which had been demanding that Guru be executed, welcomed the move but raised questions over the 10-year delay.

"We welcome the decision though the government took a long time. Public sentiment has been heard," said Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut.

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