New Delhi/February 9
Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail early this morning after his mercy was rejected by President, Pranab Mukherjee.
The Home secretary told mediapersons that Afzal Guru was hanged around 8 am in the morning today after the President rejected his merci petition. “Afzal’s mercy petition was rejected by President, Pranab Mukherjee on February 3 after which we moved accordingly,” he said. Afzal’s body was later buried inside Tihar jail.
Afzal Guru was convicted in December 13, 2001 Parliament attack case in which 9 persons were killed. On December 13, 2001, 5 heavily-armed terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. At that time, around, 100 MPs were present in Parliament building. The terrorists were shot dead and Guru was convicted of plotting the terror attack. He was awarded death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004 but his hanging, which was scheduled for October 2006, was stayed after his wife filed mercy petition.
He was convicted along with Shaukat Hussain, Afshan Guru (Shaukat’s wife) and Delhi University teacher SAR Geelani for being part of the plot. The Supreme Court confirmed Afzal Guru’s death sentence in 2004 while Shaukat Guru was released after he served his jail term. Afshan Guru and SAR Geelani were given benefit of doubt and were released by the Supreme Court.
Afzal Guru was a native of Doabgah village of Sopore town of Kashmir and he is survived by his wife, Tabassum and one son, Ghalib.