Indian Parliament Attack Convict Afzal Guru Hanged

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 9, 2013 6:17 PM EST

The Indian government Saturday hanged a man for plotting a suicide attack on the parliament in 2001, Home Ministry said.

Afzal Guru's execution at Delhi's Tihar jail comes a few days after President Pranab Jukherjee had rejected his mercy petition. He was hanged at 8 a.m. local time, according to reports.

The Indian Supreme Court in 2004 gave the death penalty to Guru and the penalty was scheduled to be carried on October 20, 2006, but it was postponed after his wife filed a mercy petition to the president.

After Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's execution last year, the focus was shifted to Afzal Guru. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party had repeatedly questioned the delay in the execution of the man who plotted the parliament attack.

Despite opposition and petitions from activists and political groups in Guru's home state of Jammu and Kashmir, he was finally hanged. The government imposed curfew in some parts of the state.

Nine people, most of them were security personnel, were killed when the militants attacked the parliament in Dec 13, 2001.

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