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Parliament House Attack Convict Afzal Guru Hanged To Death at 8am















“Afzal Was Calm during His Final Moments”

Afzal Guru Buried Inside Tihar Jail Complex

Afzal Guru's Family Wants Him Buried At Home

Afzal Guru's Family Was Informed Through Speed Post: Home Secretary

Victims’ Families Relieved After Afzal Guru Hanging

4 Injured, 1 Critical, Curfew Imposed In Kashmir

Key Dates in Afzal Guru Case

Omar Abdullah Appeals for Calm after Afzal Guru's Hanging

Security Stepped Up On Indo-Pak Border Following Afzal Guru's Hanging

President Rejected Afzal Guru's Mercy Petition on Feb 3: Union Home Secretary

Photo: Afzal Guru




Parliament House attack convict Afzal Guru hanged to death at 8am

By Vishwa Mohan

 Feb 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: Parliament House attack case convict Afzal Guru was hanged to death inside Tihar Central Jail on Saturday morning.

The hanging took place in complete secrecy at around 8am with only a limited group of officials and home minister Sushilkumar Shinde knowing the operation to execute Afzal's death sentence.

His mercy plea, which had been pending since 2006, was rejected by the President Pranab Mukherjee last week after getting the file from the home ministry on January 23.

Confirming Afzal Guru's hanging, the Union home secretary R K Singh says the home ministry got Afzal Guru's file, rejecting his mercy plea, from President House on February 3.

Afzal Guru was convicted for his role in the attack on Parliament in 2001.

His hanging took place in as secret an operation as it had happened in the case of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged to death in a Pune jail in November last year.

Afzal Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2005. His hanging, scheduled for October 2006, was stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition on his behalf to the then President.



“Afzal was calm during his final moments”

 Feb 9, 2013

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged this morning, walked to the gallows in a peaceful and composed frame of mind.

“He was very peaceful and calm during the final moments. He looked very composed,” a top Tihar Jail official told PTI.

The official said Guru’s family was informed about the execution.

Afzal’s family communicated through Speed Post

“They (Tihar jail authorities) intimated the family through Speed Post, registered post and the DG (Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police) has been told to check with the family whether they got it or not,” Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters here.

Mr. Singh said the J&K government has been taken into confidence before Guru’s hanging on early Saturday.

In the wake of Afzal Guru’s hanging, the Jammu and Kashmir government is taking all necessary preventive measures to maintain peace there but the government is not apprehending any trouble in rest of the country.

“We are not having any apprehension anywhere in the country. In Jammu and Kashmir, the state government is taking steps. We are in touch with them,” the Home Secretary said.

Without giving details, Mr.Singh said security has been intensified in some areas.



Afzal Guru buried inside Tihar jail complex

Feb 9, 2013

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

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

Guru spent over 10 years years on death row in the Tihar prison and was hanged at the jail at 8 AM in an operation shrouded in secrecy.

The mercy plea of 43-year-old Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2002 by a special court and later upheld by the Supreme Court in 2005, was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee a few days back, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said.

The body of Guru was buried in Tihar Jail itself as it was done in the case of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was buried in Pune's Yerwada jail soon after his execution.

Union home secretary RK Singh said President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy petition of Afzal Guru on February 3.

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



Afzal Guru's family wants him buried at home

Mir Ehsan

 Feb 09 2013

Srinagar : The family members of Afzal Guru say they came to know about his hanging through media and demanded that the government hand over his body to them for burial.

''We want the body of my father... I want to see his face,’’ Afzal Guru’s 14 year old son Ghalib told The Indian Express. ''We want to bury him here.''

Ghalib lives with his paternal grandfather Ghulam Mohammad Buhroo. The family says that they are unable to leave their home in Bramulla because of strict curfew restrictions.

''We had called the local police station, requesting them to let us go to Guru's ancestral home Doabgah. The police declined,'' Buhroo said.

Buhroo said that Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde is lying when he says that the government had informed the family.

''We met him (Guru) at Tihar Jail on Raksha Bandan. My wife and Ghalib were accompanying me. If the government would have informed us, we would have atleast gone and met him one last time,'' Buhru said. ''The government is lying. They did not tell us anything.''

Buhroo said that now that the government has hanged him (Afzal), it is our right to perform his funeral in accordance with our religion.

''How can they bury him inside Tihar jail? He has a family. He has a son, wife and brother. They must hand over the body to us as soon as possible,’’ Buhroo said. ``The government must not do another injustice with us by burying

While J-K government has imposed a Valley-wide strict curfew, Army has been called in too. In Sopore and Baramulla, the Army has been on the streets imposing the curfew.

The internet facility too has gone down in different parts of Kashmir. Sources say that the internet connectivity on cell phones has been snapped.



Afzal Guru's family was informed through Speed Post: Home Secretary

February 09, 2013

The family of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was informed about his hanging by the Tihar authorities and the Jammu & Kashmir government was taken into confidence before his execution, the Centre said on Saturday.

"They (Tihar jail authorities) intimated the family through Speed Post, registered post and the DG (director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police) has been told to check with the family whether they got it or not," Union home secretary RK Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

Singh said the Jammu and Kashmir government has been taken into confidence before Guru's hanging early on Saturday.

In the wake of Guru's hanging, the Jammu and Kashmir government is taking all necessary preventive measures to maintain peace there but the government is not apprehending any trouble in rest of the country.

"We are not having any apprehension anywhere in the country. In Jammu and Kashmir, the state government is taking steps. We are in touch with them," the home secretary said.

Without giving details, Singh said security has been intensified in some areas.



Victims’ families relieved after Afzal Guru hanging

February 09, 2013

Afzal Guru's hanging should have come earlier but it was a welcome move, said the families of those who were killed in the 2001 Parliament terror attack.

"We woke up to this news and we are very happy with the decision of the government. Though this should have been done earlier, it is a welcome move. Only the government can tell why there was a delay," said Gautam Negi, the son of Matbar Singh Negi of Parliament's watch and ward staff who was killed in the attack.

"We are relieved now," said Avdesh, whose wife Kamlesh Yadav was also killed in the Dec 13, 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament.

Afzal Guru, who was sent to the gallows for his central role in plotting the attack, was hanged at 8am Saturday morning.

Nine people were killed in the Dec 13, 2001 attack when five heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire.



4 injured, 1 critical, curfew imposed in Kashmir

Feb 09 2013

Srinagar, Jammu : Even as curfew has been imposed across Kashmir, four persons were injured when police and paramilitary forces opened fire on protestors at Doabagah in Sopore. One of the injured is critical.

Soon after the news of Guru’s execution spread, thousands of villagers from Doabagh - the native village of Afzal Guru – and its surrounding villages marched towards his home. The Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who had already sealed the village opened fire to prevent the protestors from entering the village. Four persons were wounded in the firing, one of them critically.

Even before Guru was hanged inside Tihar Jail, a strict curfew was imposed across Kashmir valley. Curfew was imposed in Kashmir at 2.30 in the morning. Army has been called-in in the twin town of Sopore and Baramulla to enforce strict curfew.

However, despite the presence of Army, youth took to streets in Sopore town to protest against the execution of Guru. And as police and CRPF personnel tried to disperse them, clashes erupted between protestors and the paramilitary forces at several places in the town.

A strict curfew has also been imposed in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir valley. In Srinagar, police has erected barricades and laid spools of concertina wire in the old city to block all the roads. Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in heavy numbers and people are not allowed to move out of their houses.

Curfew has been also imposed in south Kashmir’s, Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Bijbehara towns. In Pulwama, police fired warning shots in air when they saw some people moving towards the main road.

Muslims in Doda and Kishtwar towns kept their shutters down in protest against the hanging of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru at Delhi’s Tihar jail this morning.

There has been no response to Guru’s hanging in rest of the Jammu division. Kishtwar’s officiating Deputy Commissioner R K Shewan and Doda’s Senior Superintendent of Police Arif Rishu told The Indian Express that they were closely monitoring situation in their respective districts. It was peaceful and under control.

Meanwhile, in other Muslim dominated areas of Jammu region especially Poonch, Rajouri and Ramban districts, there was no reaction to the hanging of Afzal Guru as both Hindus and Muslims were reopening their business establishments and traffic plying on the roads as usual.

Senior civil and police officers were monitoring the situation, but there was no prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC, or curfew imposed in any part of Jammu region. As Afzal Guru was charged with attacking parliament which is taken in high esteem even by Muslims as an institution of democracy, there is not likely to be much reaction to his hanging from among members of his community except for certain areas where separatists have influence, said a Muslim leader who wished not to be named.



Key dates in Afzal Guru case

 February 09, 2013

Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged on Saturday at the Tihar jail in New Delhi. Following is the chronology of events leading to the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist's execution:

Dec 13, 2001: Five terrorists enter Parliament complex and open indiscriminate fire, killing nine people and injuring over 15.

Dec 15, 2001: Delhi Police pick up Afzal Guru, a member of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), from Jammu and Kashmir. SAR Geelani of Delhi University's Zakir Hussain College picked up for questioning and later arrested. Two others - Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru -were picked up later.

Dec 29, 2001: Afzal Guru sent to 10-day police remand.

June 4, 2002: Charges are framed against four people -Afzal Guru, Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru, Afsan Guru and Geelani.

Dec 18, 2002: Death sentence given to SAR Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afzal Guru, while Afsan Guru is let off.

Aug 30, 2003: Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Ghazi Baba, prime accused in the attack, is killed in an encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar. Three more militants along with him are also killed in the 10-hour encounter.

Oct 29, 2003: Geelani acquitted in the case.

Aug 4, 2005: The Supreme Court, while confirming the death sentence of Afzal Guru, commutes Shaukat Hussain Guru's death sentence to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Sep 26, 2006: Delhi court orders Afzal to be hanged.

Oct 3, 2006: Afzal Guru's wife Tabasum Guru files a mercy petition with then President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Jan 12, 2007: The Supreme Court dismisses Afzal Guru's plea seeking review of his death sentence, saying "there is no merit" in it.

May 19, 2010: Delhi government rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition; endorses capital punishment awarded to him by the Supreme Court.

Dec 30, 2010: Shaukat Hussain Guru released from Delhi's Tihar Jail.

Dec 10, 2012: Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde says he would examine Afzal Guru's file after Parliament's Winter session concludes on December 22.

Feb 3, 2013: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition

Feb 9, 2013: Afzal Guru hanged in Tihar Jail.



Omar Abdullah appeals for calm after Afzal Guru's hanging

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times

 February 09, 2013

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, who came back to Srinagar from New Delhi following the news of hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, on Saturday appealed to people of the state to maintain peace and calm.

"We have imposed curfew after our assement of the situation. Restrictions have imposed but the army has not called. The situation is being handled by Jammu and Kashmir Police as well as the paramilitary forces," Abdullah said.

The chief minister said that he has issued orders to paramilitary forces and police to deal with the situation with 'utmost restrain'.

The chief minister said that he along with the top officials in his administration were informed of the decision to hang Guru at 8pm on Friday, around 12 hours before the hanging.

"We were informed about the situation about 8'o clock in the evening and told that the decision has been made after following all legal procedure," he added.

Abdullah made it clear that unlike the Maqbool Bhat case, who was hanged to death in Tihar jail on February 11 in 1983 after he was held guilty of killing bank manger in border district of Kupwara in bank robbery case, in Guru's case state government had no role to play.

"I want to make it clear that unlike in the Maqbool Bhat case the state was no required to sign any death warrant as there was no case against him in the state," said Abdullah.

Abdullah also appealed to the people of state to not 'let the situation to go out of hand".

"I understand there is certain degree of angst and there are some people who would like to take advantage of the situation," said the chief minister.

"I appeal to the people to allow us to get through this people with peace and not to restore to violent protests," he added.

Abdullah also urged the media to verify facts before reporting about Guru's hanging.



Security stepped up on Indo-Pak border following Afzal Guru's hanging

By Yudhvir Rana

Feb 9, 2013

AMRITSAR: The security has been beefed to the highest state of alert, all along the Indo-Pak border, as a precautionary measure to avoid any wrong doings by Pakistan based militant outfits, following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Saturday morning.

Border Security Force additional director General Himmat Singh told TOI that they have put the forces on alert and have directed to keep a strict vigil to maintain peace on the border. He informed that Punjab and Rajasthan borders with Pakistan were relatively safer than Jammu. The sources however didn't rule out the possibility of any unwanted act by militant organizations like Lashkar -e-Taiba or military wing of Markaz-ud-Dawa-Wal-Irshad.

Muridke is situated on the outskirts of Lahore and is just about 30 kilometers from Indo-Pak international border from Gurdaspur district in Punjab. According to sources the walls of this small town are marked with slogans seeking freedom for Kashmir and anti India slogans . "For now we don't have any specific intelligence input but given our past experience the Pak based ultras are capable of attacking Indian villages with rockets to vent their anger against hanging of Guru as they had done in the past" said sources.

There had been three unprovoked incidents of rocket attacks in which as many as 15 rockets were fired on Indian border villages from Pakistan in the months of July and September 2009 and January 2010. The last rocket attack had evoked Indian retaliation when BSF opened fire , first time since 1947 Indo Pak partition on Punjab border, attacking Pakistan Rangers KS Wala Border Out Post . Himmat Singh said "Since we don't have any specific inputs so we can't comment on their plans but we are alert on the borders," he said.



President rejected Afzal Guru's mercy petition on Feb 3: Union home secretary

Feb 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 3, leading to his hanging on Saturday, Union home secretary R K Singh said.

"The President rejected Afzal Guru's mercy petition on February 3 and after that we followed the jail manual and his hanging took place today," he told reporters.

Asked about Afzal's burial, the home secretary said "we will follow the jail manual and act according to the law".

Singh said with the hanging of Afzal Guru, the proceedings of the 2001 Parliament attack case has come to its logical conclusion.

"Law and justice took its own course," he added.