Afzal Guru had planned to challenge President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision on his mercy petition in a court of law in case it was rejected, after he came to know about the execution of Mumbai terror attacks convict, Ajmal Kasab, Nagendar Sharma reports.
The countdown to Afzal Guru’s hanging had kicked off around two months ago when, at the anniversary of Parliament attack on December 13 last year, top Congress leaders had an impromptu meeting at Parliament building, Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
There was more harassment — though mild — in store for a senior journalist, allegedly at the hands of personnel belonging to the Delhi Police special cell on Sunday.
A day after he was detained following the hanging of Afzal Guru, Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani on Sunday said his detention by police happened because he had spoken to the media.
Barely six months after he moved into Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the two most talked about mercy petitions in recent times, resulting in the hanging of terror convicts in both cases. HT reports. Full coverage: Afzal Guru execution
The decision to hang Afzal Guru was a 'political one' and came 'too late', said Justice SN Dhinga, who sentenced Guru to death in 2002. Harish V Nair
reports. Why UPA took decision now
| Recent hangings
The Guru household was still waiting for a response to the mercy petition to the President when the news about the hanging of Afzal for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack came. In pics: Srinagar shut down
The night before he was hanged, 43-year-old Mohammed Afzal Guru, the 2001 Parliament attack convict, did not sleep. He was in deep thought, pacing the floor of his cell. Abhishek Sharan & Karn Pratap Singh report. In pics: Afzal Guru hanged
Violence erupted in Seer Jagir, an affluent hamlet in Sopore, in the aftermath of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. Toufiq Rashid
reports. In pics: Parliament attack revisted