India hang Kashmiri man for plotting deadly parliament attack
By Sayed Jawad - 09 Feb 2013, 10:59 am
A Kashmiri man Mohammed Afzal Guru convicted in the 2001 attack on India’s Parliament has been hanged in an Indian prison after a final mercy plea was rejected, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said Saturday.
Strict restrictions on people’s movements was imposed in major towns of Indian Kashmir early on Saturday in anticipation of protests against the hanging.
India’s Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told The Wall Street Journal he was hanged on Saturday at 8 a.m. in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
Mr. Guru was convicted of plotting the raid on India’s Parliament in 2001 that left 14 people dead, including five attackers, and brought nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan to the brink of war. India and Pakistan both claim the Himalayan region of Kashmir for themselves.
He was reportedly part of the Jaish-e-Mohammed banned Islamist group which fights against Indian rule in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, where a separatist conflict has cost up to 100,000 lives since the insurgency began in 1989.
On Saturday, thousands of police and paramilitary troops fanned out across Indian Kashmir preparing for any protests and violence that might break out following the announcement of the execution. A curfew was also imposed in the Himalayan state.
Sources in the intelligence wing of the Indian army said they had been instructed to prepare for a possible backlash in Kashmir after Guru’s execution.