Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu
Karnataka has started releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar said Saturday.
"We have to respect the Supreme Court directive. We will petition the court Monday for relief as we ourselves are facing severe shortage," he said in this north Karnataka town, 400 km from Bangalore.
Cobra caught from Kerala Assembly complex
A 10-foot-long cobra has been caught from the library of the Kerala Assembly complex here by a snake-catcher after the staff alerted him about the presence of the deadly reptile in the place frequented by law-makers.
BJP leader and ex-MP Narayan Prasad Gupta no more
Veteran BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha member Narayan Prasad Gupta passed away here after a brief illness.
Gupta (89) died yesterday.
Eight injured in Kashmir after Afzal hanging
At least eight people were injured, two seriously, as violence erupted in the Kashmir Valley Saturday against Afzal Guru's hanging.
A group of protesters started marching in north Kashmir's Doabgah village near Sopore town, the ancestral village of Afzal Guru, after they got news of his hanging.
No delay in carrying out death sentence, says Ramachandran
Refuting the charge that there was delay in hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Union Minister Mullappally Ramachandran today said quick implementation of decision is not possible in such cases.
"In such cases we cannot implement the decision all of a sudden. We have to examine the legal aspects etc. The delay was only procedural and nothing more than that," he said.
Violence was reported from Sopore in southern Kashmir on Saturday afternoon following the hanging of Afzal Guru.
Hurriyat calls for four-day mourning for Afzal Guru
Moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today announced four-day mourning on the death of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged this morning following his conviction in the Parliament attack case.
Afzal Guru's execution has sent strong message: Congress
Congress on Saturday said the message of "zero tolerance" against terrorism has been sent through the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, close on the heels of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's hanging.
Hurriyat leaders Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani have been placed under house arrest in Delhi. The Hurriyat Conference, led by Geelani and Mirwaiz, has strongly condemned the hanging of Guru.
Large number of para-military personnel have deployed outside the houses of the separatist leaders in Srinagar following Afzal Guru's hanging to prevent them from coming out on the streets to instigate trouble in the valley.
Media reports declare that Afzal Guru has been buried inside the Tihar jail complex.
Family learnt about execution later: Afzal cousin
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's family said they were not told in advance about his hanging Saturday morning and want his body.
Yaseen Guru, a cousin of Afzal Guru, told IANS on phone: "It is all rubbish that we were told before the execution... We came to know about it through the media."
Security at Kumbh tightened after Guru's execution
Security at the Kumbh Mela, where millions of Hindus and others have congregated, was further tightened Saturday as Afzal Guru, convicted for his central role in the attack on the Indian parliament over 11 years ago, was hanged at the Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Heavy security was clamped in the 58 sq. km. premises, with police blockades added at vantage points. Central forces were deployed at important places as hundreds and thousands of people are entering the city from various places.
Mela administration officials said that the number are likely to swell by midnight, a day before the main royal bathing day on Mauni Amavasya.
Curfew has been imposed in Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag. Cable TV services have also been shut down in the Kashmir Valley.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday confirmed that he had been informed on Friday evening about Guru's execution. He added that the army had not yet been called in to manage the tense situation in the valley.
He also urged the media to cross-check information before releasing it to the public.
Victims families relieved after Afzal Guru hanging
Afzal Guru's hanging should have come earlier but it was a welcome move, said the families of those who were killed in the 2001 parliament terror attack.
"We woke up to this news and we are very happy with the decision of the government. Though this should have been done earlier, it is a welcome move. Only the government can tell why there was a delay," said Gautam Negi, the son of Matbar Singh Negi of parliament's watch and ward staff who was killed in the attack.
Afzal was calm during his final moments, says Tihar official
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged this morning, walked to the gallows in a peaceful and composed frame of mind.
"He was very peaceful and calm during the final moments. He looked very composed," a top Tihar Jail official told PTI.
Afzal's family communicated through Speed Post: Home Secy
The family of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has been informed about his hanging by the Tihar authorities through Speed Post and the J&K government was taken into confidence before his execution, the Centre said today.
Afzal Guru's body will be buried on the Tihar jail premises. Afzal's family members will not be allowed to take his body and perform a funeral.
Military Intelligence report states that there are chances of problems erupting in Kashmir.
President rejected Afzal Guru's mercy petition on February 3rd: Home Secretary
President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 3, leading to his hanging today, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said today.
"The President rejected Afzal Guru's mercy petition on February 3 and after that we followed the jail manual and his hanging took place today," he told reporters here.
BJP welcomes Afzal Guru's hanging
The BJP Saturday welcomed the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, saying "it was a right move".
"We welcome the move. Though delayed, it was a right move. The opposition and the entire country was harping on the hanging of Afzal Guru," Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's tweet on Afzal Guru being hanged: Better late than never
Timeline of Afzal Guru's case:
December 18, 2002: Afzal was awarded death sentence by a Delhi court after being convicted of conspiracy to attack Parliament on December 13, 2001.
October 29, 2003: The death sentence was upheld by Delhi High Court.
August 4, 2005: His appeal rejected by the Supreme Court two years later.
October 20, 2006: Afzal Guru's execution initially scheduled for this date. The execution was stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition with the President. The demand for his hanging intensified after the 26/ 11 terror attacks.
August, 2011: The MHA sent his mercy plea recommendation.
December 10, 2012: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he would examine Afzal Guru's file after Parliament's winter session concluded on December 22.
January 23, 2013: Recommendation sent to President Pranab Mukherjee to hang Afzal Guru.
January 26, 2013: As India celebrated Republic Day, the President signed the recommendation, giving it his approval.
Members of Afzal Guru's family were reportedly present when he was hanged.
Further reports state that security personnel in full riot gear have started patrolling Srinagar, barricading roads to restrict pedestrian and vehicular movement.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will arrive in Srinagar to oversee the law and order situation.
TV reports state that Afzal Guru has been hanged in Tihar jail at 8.00 this morning.
Afzal Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging, scheduled for October 2006, was suspended or stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition on his behalf.
Sources say that the President had rejected the mercy petition on January 23.
Curfew has been imposed in the Kashmir valley following media reports which indicate that President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the mercy petition of Afzal Guru.
Media reports indicate that President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the mercy petition of Afzal Guru.
The home ministry is expected to make a formal announcement at 8.30 am.
The Home Ministry had recommended the death penalty for him last month. Guru was convicted in the 2001 parliament attack case.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to offer prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala tomorrow.
Rajapaksa on Friday prayed at Bodh Gaya and then flew to Tirupati amid scattered protests against his two-day Indian pilgrimage.
The president's brief trip has triggered protests in Tamil Nadu as well as in Tirupati, New Delhi and Hosur in Karnataka over allegations that he was denying Tamils in Sri Lanka equal rights.