Afzal Guru buried at Tihar Jail

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 06:22 hrs

New Delhi: Parliament-attack convict Afzal Guru was buried soon after his hanging at Tihar Jail on Saturday.
NDTV, quoting sources, said he was buried near jail No. 3, close to the spot where he was hanged.

The government has claimed that Guru's family had been informed ahead of the execution.

Home secretary R.K. Singh said Guru's family was sent a letter via speed post which said that his petition for clemency had been rejected by the President and that he would be hanged in Tihar Jail. The director-general of Jammu and Kashmir police had also been asked to check with the family if they had got the letter or not.

The Jammu and Kashmir government was also taken into confidence ahead of the hanging.

Curfew has been imposed on all the 10 districts of Kashmir following the Guru's hanging 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.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah 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.

"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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