Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has been hanged. The Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist was hanged at 8 am on Saturday, Home Secretary RK Singh said.
A recommendation to hang him had been sent to the President on January 21. The President gave it his assent on February 3. Announcing the details, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that while February 8 had been decided upon as the date of execution, it happened on February 9 at 8 am.
Home Secretary RK Singh said, "Once the President rejected the mercy petition, the procedure was followed. This is according to the rule of law." He added that Afzal Guru will be buried inside Tihar jail with full religious rites.
A tight curfew is in place in several areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including capital Srinagar. In Sopore, the hometown of Afzal Guru, a thick security blanket is in place. Delhi and Mumbai have been put on high alert. The Maharashtra government has beefed up security at vital installations.
Afzal Guru's execution had been initially scheduled on October 20, 2006. The execution was stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition with the President.
The demand intensified after the 26/11 terror attack. The BJP accused the government of dragging the matter because it feared losing Muslim votes.
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