Afzal Guru, parliament-attack case accused, hanged finally; Riots erupt in J&K home town

The main accused in an attack on Indian parliament in December 2001, Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged around 8 AM on Saturday at Tihar Jail in New Delhi and buried within the complex as his mercy petition was rejected by the Indian President.

Afzal Guru was was found guilty of conspiracy in the December 2001 parliament attack and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court. The sentence was kept in abeyance from 2006 to this day following the mercy petition.

Afzal Guru originally hailed from Sopore in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and was an MBBS student when he came in contact with the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and allegedly received terrorist training.

Though he relented and surrendered to the Border Security Force later, he was driven to terrorism again in 2000. In fact, he had told Tehelka once that his family had probably been Brahmins seven centuries ago under Sikandar’s rule but no such statements could save him from the death sentence he faced.

Meanwhile, reports said riots have broken out in the Badgav, hometown of Afzal Guru near Spore and police and paramilitary have been rushed to the town.

Refuting family members’ charges that they were not informed, Union home secretary RK Singh told reporters in New Delhi that the execution order was intimated by the Tihar jail authorities “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.”

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