Wednesday, December 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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No place for Afsana in family: mother
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Azimgarh (Abohar), December 17
Even as a pall of gloom has descended on the parental house of Navjot Sandhu, alias Afsana Guru, wife of Shaukat Hussain Guru, one of the accused in attack on Parliament House, who has been held guilty of concealing the plot from the police by a Delhi court yesterday, her mother hates to talk about her.

“Navjot cannot be accepted back in the family even though she may get a little punishment by the court”, said her mother with tears rolling down from her eyes.

A strange silence prevails in the Azimgarh locality, downtown of Abohar, where the house of Mr H.S. Sandhu, father of Navjot Sandhu is situated. Mr Sandhu has retired after serving the Railways in different capacities.

No person of the locality came forward to tell the exact location of the house. Several people, including ladies, assembled in front of Mr Sandhu’s house, but they refused to help this correspondent to get into it. After some time, a close kin of Mr Sandhu took this correspondent inside the house where the mother of Navjot Sandhu was sitting on a camp bed in the courtyard.

When she was asked whether the family would forgive Navjot as she (Navjot) had been repenting on her act now as reported in various dailies today, she said what was the fun of repenting now by Navjot. She (Navjot) should have think about it earlier. She was constantly looking at a family photograph hanged on one of the walls. She refused to tell about the whereabouts of Mr Sandhu.

When this correspondent tried to talk more about Navjot she said, “Please do not talk about her otherwise her heart would collapse”. When asked whether Mr Sandhu had gone to Delhi to meet his daughter, she said none of the family had gone to Delhi.

When asked whether any member of her family ever met Navjot after her name figured in the conspiracy, she said, “Do not ask her any question”. Her close kin, who took this correspondent inside the house also requested not to trouble her more.

Though initially, a section of women and men, who had assembled in front of the house hesitated to talk to this correspondent, later said Navjot had done wrong with her parents, her country and her locality. However, they refused to make any comment when asked whether any police party visited the house after Navjot’s arrest.

Navjot, who has done her postgraduation in Philosophy, has studied in Bathinda, Ambala, Chandigarh and Delhi. She came in contact with Shaukat Hussain Guru, a Kashmiri youth and cousin of Afzal, alias Gazi Baba, a renowned terrorist, about 10 years ago in Delhi. The relations of Navjot with her parents turned sour after she got married with Shaukat Hussain Guru. Navjot gave birth to a baby while she was in the jail as an undertrial in the case.



Sentence in House attack case today
Tribune News Service

Afzal, Geelani and Shaukat being produced at the Patiala House Court
The three accused (from left to right) Afzal, Geelani and Shaukat being produced at the Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, December 17
Having convicted four persons in the Parliament attack case here yesterday, the special court has, however, reserved the order on the sentence for tomorrow.

Special POTA Judge S.N. Dhingra, after hearing the arguments on the sentence from both the defence as well as the prosecution, reserved the sentence till tomorrow. The court reserved the order after an hour-long hearing session where both sides presented their arguments on the point of sentence warranted to the accused.

The accused have been found guilty of various crimes, including waging a war against India and attempting to assassinate the Vice-President, the Prime Minister and other VIPs. The court, yesterday, found Afzal, Shaukat and Geelani guilty under various provisions of POTA, the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Explosive Substances Act.

Shaukat’s wife Navjot Sandhu, alias Afsana, was found guilty of concealing the criminal conspiracy to attack Parliament, which was in her knowledge.Back

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