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The 30 kg RDX could have destroyed parliament: Najma Heptulla

Saturday - Feb 09, 2013, 05:23pm (GMT+5.5)
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New Delhi - The 30 kg RDX carried by terrorists who attacked Parliament House Dec 13, 2001, was enough to destroy the entire building, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Najma Heptulla said Saturday.

She was the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha when the attack took place.

Her comments came after Afzal Guru, the main conspirator who was on a death row over the 2001 attack, was executed in the Tihar Jail here Saturday morning.

"There was 30 kg of RDX (explosives) in the their car...It would have been enough to destroy the entire building," Heptulla, who was in her office Dec 13, 2001, told Times Now news channel.

"I was not worried about myself...I saw my personal security officer Yadav shot dead at gate number 11 on CCTV," Heptulla said while recalling the events of that fateful day.

Expressing the hope that families of those killed in the attack, including security staff, would be satisfied with Afzal Guru's hanging, she said the government should act strongly for safety of ordinary people than focus on just VIPs.


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