February 9, 2013
Afzal Guru hanged for Parliament attack, buried in Tihar Jail
Afzal Guru, convicted for his role in the attack on Parliament in December 2001, was executed at 8 this morning and has been buried at Delhi’s Tihar Jail. (Read: Afzal Guru buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail)
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said his ministry had recommended to President Pranab Mukherjee on January 21 that Guru be executed. The President, he said, rejected the convict’s mercy petition on February 3, and the date and time for hanging Guru was decided yesterday in consultation with officials at Tihar Jail.
Guru’s execution was conducted in secrecy, just like the hanging in November last year of Pakistani terrorirst Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman caught alive during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
Guru belonged to Sopore in the Kashmir valley, where curfew has been imposed as a precaution; Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appealed for calm and restraint.
Guru was sentenced to death in 2004 by the Supreme Court for conspiring in the attack on Parliament in which 14 people were killed, five of them terrorists who drove into the high-security complex and opened fire.
His execution was fixed for October 2006 but was stayed or suspended after his wife filed a mercy petition with the President. A section of activists allege that he was not given a proper trial, an opinion which is popular in the Kashmir Valley.
Home Secretary RK Singh refuted allegations that Guru’s family had not been informed of the plan to execute him; he said a letter had been sent to the family and senior police officials in Kashmir had confirmed its receipt.
The main opposition party, the BJP, had repeatedly attacked the government for refusing to hang Guru despite his conviction by the Supreme Court. The execution will bolster the government’s claim that it is committed to fighting and punishing terrorism.
Afzal Guru Hanged: Family cries foul, demands his body back
Srinagar, Feb 9: Afzal Guru, the main accused in the Parliament attack case of December 13, 2001 was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail on Saturday, Feb 9. He was a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist. Earlier, Union home secretary RK Singh confirmed the hanging of Guru. Singh said that Guru was hanged at 8 am on Saturday morning in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. “He was hanged at 8 o’ clock this morning. The President rejected his petition on February 3.” Singh added Guru’s family back in Kashmir were informed about his execution. “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,” Singh told reporters in New Delhi. However, family denied getting any prior information about the execution. “We had no idea, we were woken up by people, got to know when things were being debated and posted on facebook,” Yaseen Guru, cousin of Guru, told Hindustan Times. “We have gotten no letter, no family member has been informed as opposed to what the government is claiming,” he added. “His wife had appealed for mercy, she should have been informed that the plea has been rejected. We got to know about that from the national television in the morning,” he added. Now, Guru’s family has 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.” “We had called the local police station, requesting them to let us go to Guru’s ancestral home Doabgah. The police declined,” Ghulam Mohammad Buhroo, paternal grandfather of Ghalib. 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.
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