New Delhi: Union Home Secretary RK Singh said that Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged at 8 am on Saturday inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail and a decision on his last rites would be taken as per the jail manual.
President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on 3 February, leading to his hanging today, 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 here.
Asked about Afzal’s burial, the Home Secretary said “we will follow the jail manual and act according to the law. Afzal Guru will be buried with full religious rites inside the jail. We are not apprehending any law and order problem in Kashmir.”
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 said.
Curfew has been imposed in several areas of Kashmir Valley including Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag. Security has also been tightened in Delhi, Mumbai and other important cities of the country as well.
Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
On 13 December, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons. They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.
With inputs from PTI