Human Rights Watch condemns Afzal Guru's execution

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 09:40 hrs

New Delhi: The Human Rights Watch has condemned the execution of Afzal Guru, the main accused in the December 13, 2001, terror strike on the Indian Parliament.

The Human Rights Watch said in a statement that 'the hanging of Afzal Guru, following closely behind the hanging of Ajmal Kasab in November, shows a very worrying trend by the Indian government.'

"Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an inherently irreversible, inhumane punishment," it added.

Afzal Guru was hanged on Saturday morning in Delhi's Tihar Jail between 7.30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Television and other media reports quoted the Union Home Ministry as confirming the hanging of Guru this morning.

Earlier reports said his mercy plea had been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.

In the wake of his hanging, curfew has been imposed in several areas of Jammu and Kashmir in anticipation of protests. The army is on high-alert in the state. (ANI)

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