New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit member Afzal Guru, who was facing the noose for conspiring with and supporting members of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad in their attack on the Parliament, has been hanged, national broadcaster Doordarshan said on Saturday.
It quoted home secretary RK Singh as confirming the execution of Guru, who had been sentenced to death for his central role in the December 13, 2001 attack on the Parliament that almost led to a war between India and Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamonystated clearly that the mercy plea of Baramulla-based Guru was rejected a few days ago.
Meanwhile, curfew was imposed in the Kashmir valley, to prevent trouble in major towns like Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Badgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal and the north Kashmir Sopore town, from where Guru belonged.
Belonging to the Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir, Guru, who had completed the first year MBBS was preparing for IAS exams when he was arrested for being providing logistic support to the 'fidayeens' in New Delhi for carrying out terror attacks on government symbols like Parliament and embassies.
However, Unhappy with the situation there, he moved back to Kashmir and surrendered before the Border Security Force.
The Supreme Court of India in 2013 awarded te death sentence to Guru, which was to to be carried out on October 20, 2006. However, the execution was stayed even as Afzal remained on death row.