Afzal Guru, convicted in the 2001 attack on Parliament, was hanged this morning in Tihar Jail, in an operation shrouded in secrecy.

“Afzal Guru was hanged at 8 am,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said shortly after the execution of the Jaish-e- Mohammad militant.

The mercy plea of the 43-year-old Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2002 by a special court and later upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004, was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee a few days back, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman Venu Rajamony said.

Reminiscent of the hanging of Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab on Nov. 21, 2012, Guru’s execution was kept under wraps in a top secret operation.

The family of Afzal Guru residing in Sopore in north Kashmir was informed about the decision of the government that his mercy petition has been rejected.

Afzal Guru was buried inside the prison complex soon after his execution.“He (Afzal Guru) was buried near jail number three,” a top Tihar Jail official said.

Meanwhile, curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley in the wee hours of today. Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, DGP Ashok Prasad and other senior officers flew from Jammu to Srinagar early this morning to keep a close watch on the law and order situation. Pro-Pakistan separatist groups have given a call for a three-day shut down in the Valley.

It may be recalled, on Dec. 13, 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 the five terrorists were shot dead. The BJP, which has for long questioned the delay, today said that Guru’s execution was “delayed but is undoubtedly welcome.”

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore