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Afzal Guru executed after Pranab dismisses mercy plea

Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 attack on Parliament, was executed on Saturday morning after President Pranab Mukherjee dismissed his mercy petition, according to reports.

CNN-IBN reported, citing sources, that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is to make an announcement around 8.30 am this morning.

Afzal Guru has been executed. AFP

Afzal Guru has been executed. AFP

According to the sources, the recommendation to execute Afzal Guru was sent to President Mukherjee on 23 January - and the President gave his consent.

Curfew has been clamped in many parts of Jammu and Kashmir, including the capital Srinagar, in anticipation of trouble in response to the reports.

The demand to execute Afzal Guru has acquired momentum, particularly after Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist from the November 2008 attack on Mumbai, was hanged.

CNN-IBN reported that the decision to execute Afzal Guru may have been taken now to deflect criticism from the BJP that the government was weak-kneed in response to home-grown terror. This has particularly acquired significance after the BJP signalled in recent days that it would return to the politics of hardline Hindutva in the upcoming elections.

Stand by for more reports.

Read earlier reports on Afzal Guru, and the clamour for his execution here

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