Omar appeals for calm in Kashmir

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 06:53 hrs

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has appealed for calm in the Valley in the wake of the hanging of Parliament-attack convict Afzal Guru.

Speaking at a news conference, Omar said he received a call from the Union home minister about the hanging at 8pm on Friday. 

He said since there was no case against Guru in Kashmir, the state government did not have to sign the execution papers.

Curfew has been imposed on all the 10 districts of Kashmir following the hanging of Afzal Guru on Saturday morning.

Both capital Srinagar and Guru's hometown Sopore are under curfew. The army is on high alert.

Cable TV services have been disconnected in some areas, said reports.

Omar has said time and again that Guru's execution could have a serious impact in the state because many people there believe Guru was not given a fair trial.

Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday. The execution took place at 8am and he was reportedly buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.

"All legal procedures were followed in the execution. The situation in Kashmir is being closely monitored," said Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

The convict's execution was initially scheduled for October 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru's wife filed a mercy petition with the President.

In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was welcome despite the long delay.

"The execution was delayed but is undoubtedly welcome," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

"The people of this country had been waiting for this for a long time," he said, adding that this was a right step in the fight against terrorism.

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