New Delhi : 9th Feb was the last day for Afzal guru in Tihar jail. He was hanged at 8 AM in Tihar jail and buried there. He was prime accused in the conspiracy of attack on the Indian Parliament house on 13th December 2001. He was 43 years old. Earlier he was sentenced to death by special POTA Court in 2002. Later Delhi High court confirmed the judgment in 2003. His appeal was rejected by Supreme Court of India in 2005. His sentence was scheduled to be on Oct 2006 but he was given stay of execution. Finally his last last hopes to stay alive were over once the honorable President of India rejected his death plea on 3rd February. Consequently he had his last breathe on Saturday in Tihar jail.
On 13Th December 2001, an incidence occurred which moved whole nation. As the per the records, 5 trespassers carrying gun entered the Parliament house. They entered in the car which had parliament levels on it. Many of the senior members of the Government and opposition were present in the both Rajya sabha and Lok Sabha. Then Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had left the parliament house at the time of attack. Among the top leaders, home minister of India Shri Lal Krishna Advani was present. The gunmen got out of the car and started firing with their weapons. The brave security personals at the Parliament house averted the occurrence of any severe casualty to any of the members of the Parliament. They fought bravely. In the response four gunmens were killed. Five policemen lost their life including a gardener. None of the ministers were hurt.
In response to the attack the Indian government accused Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to be involved in the attack. Later in December 2002, four JeM members were caught by Indian authorities. Among them Afzal Guru was found guilty of the incidence and was sentenced to the death.
Guru was born in Aabaga in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. He was a educated professional and completed his 1st year of MBBS course. He was also preparing for competitive exams. He joined Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front(JKLF) and started taking terrorist training. His death has raised panic in Srinagar. Curfew has been imposed in entire Kashmir valley. The people have been advised to stay in their home in the wake of his hanging.
BJP responded that the justice has been delayed and this should have been done a long time back. Arun Jaitley said that “Finally law took its own course. Public opinion compelled the government to act and enforce the law”. He also said that “India must today, as it did Dec 13, 2001, speak in one voice and give a clear message to the world that India is not a soft state and those who attack India, its sovereignty and its institutions, will be held accountable. Though belated, justice has been done,”
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