Afzal Guru hanged

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 03:41 hrs

New Delhi: Parliament attack convict Mohamammed Afzal Guru was hanged this morning at 8 AM at Tihar jail.

The family of Guru was informed about the decision of the Government that his mercy petition was rejected.

The process of hanging Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2004, was completed by 8 AM.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, "The convict was hanged at 8 AM."

Curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley in the wee hours today.

"The mercy petition of Afzal Guru was rejected a few days back," Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said today.

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.

On December 13, 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.

A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in the national capital.

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