Guru Hanged, Buried In Tihar Jail
PRESIDENT REJECTED MERCY PETITION ON FEBRUARY 3
New Delhi, Feb 9: Muhammed Afzal Guru, convicted in the deadly attack on Parliament
house in 2001 was hanged on Saturday morning in Tihar Jail where he had been lodged for the past over a decade. The execution came following rejection of his mercy plea by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 3.
43-year-old Guru, a medical college drop-out and resident of Sopore in North Kashmir, was executed at 8.00 am and buried in the prison premises in a secret operation, amidst demands by his family members and friends that the body be handed over to them.
Guru was found guilty of conspiring with and sheltering the militants who attacked the Parliament House in December 2001. The incident had resulted in the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan coming to the brink of war.
Later, the reports of Guru’s hanging were separately confirmed by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Home Secretary R K Singh. They gave a brief account of the developments related to his hanging.
“Yes, he has been hanged,” home secretary RK Singh was the first to confirm the report in the morning. “President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Afzal Guru’s mercy petition on Feb 3,” Singh told reporters.
Guru was buried at Tihar Jail in Delhi and his body will not be sent to his home-town in Sopore in Kashmir, the officials said.
Meanwhile, the government refuted allegations that his family had not been informed of the plans to execute him. “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,” Home Secretary R K Singh further said.
Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani, who was earlier acquitted in the same case has in the meanwhile alleged that Afzal Guru’s family was not informed by the government about his execution.
“The family was not informed. Under the law, Afzal Guru’s wife had every right to meet him before the execution,” Geelani said adding; “The rejection of a mercy petition too is subject to judicial review.”
He further said that Afzal Guru’s wife had no knowledge of it. “I woke her up this morning at around 6.30-6.45 am and informed her about rumours of the hanging. It was a shock to her. She was completely unaware and told me that none of the family members had been informed,” he said.
“The whole thing is politically motivated. It is because of vote-bank politics. The government is playing to the galleries and preparing for the 2014 elections,” Geelani alleged.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has issued an advisory to all state police forces to keep a tight vigil and remain alert in view of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru here today.
Sources said the advisory has asked police forces to maintain a high level of security and ensure law and order is maintained and regulated without any problem.
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