Afzal Guru hanging: Kashmir under curfew for second day

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 05:20 hrs

The Kashmir Valley continued to remain under curfew on Sunday, a day after the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The valley was tense but calm through Saturday, except sporadic protests in some areas.

Curfew had been declared in all 10 districts of Kashmir and cable TV and Internet services were cut off in some places as a precaution as soon as news of Guru's hanging emerged.

Scores of personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the state police have been deployed in Srinagar and other sensitive parts of the valley.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday confirmed that Guru was hanged at 8 a.m. at the Tihar Jail. President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Guru's mercy plea on February 3 and a final decision to execute him was taken on February 8.

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. On 13th December 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, a Kashmiri Muslim, was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in the national capital. (ANI)

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