Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged and buried in Tihar Jail, curfew imposed in Kashmir Valley

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged on Saturday morning at Tihar Jail, was buried inside the prison complex soon after his execution.

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“He (Guru) was buried near jail number three,” a top Tihar Jail official said.

“President Pranab Mukherjee gave consent to home ministry’s recommendation seeking death for him. The mercy plea of Afzal Guru was rejected few days ago,” Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said.

The family of Guru was informed about the decision of the Government that his mercy petition was rejected.

The process of hanging Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2004, was completed by 8 am.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, “The convict was hanged at 8 am.” Home Secretary R.K. Singh also confirmed the execution of Afzal Guru. “Guru’s family was informed about his execution,” said R.K. Singh.

Citing safety measures, curfew has been imposed in Srinagar. Red alert in Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Bhaderwah and and Jammu region.

Slamming the move, National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal said, “Afzal Guru’s hanging is the fallout between India-Pakstan animosity.”

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.

On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.

A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in the national capital.

 

 

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