Union home ministry has issued an advisory to all state police forces to remain alert in the wake of the hanging of Afzal Guru on Saturday.
During his 12-year stay in Tihar Jail's high-security wards, 2001 Parliament terror attack case convict Mohammed Afzal Guru, 43, was known as a high-profile inmate who was discreet and wary of strangers. Abhishek Sharan reports.
A general alert was sounded in the Capital as soon as Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in the premises of Tihar jail.
Mumbai remained largely peaceful, with no untoward incidents being reported after Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged on Saturday morning.
While the Shiv Sena has always been at the forefront in demanding the hanging of Afzal Guru, now that it has happened, the party seems to have lost one of its political planks to further its Hindutva agenda.
Afzal Guru gained little sympathy on the internet when news of his execution hit the headlines yesterday. "Jihadi terrorist, kill afzalguru and crushed cockroach" were popular words used to describe his execution, according SAP Social Media. HT
Curfew was imposed in major towns in the Valley, including Srinagar city, and cable television and mobile internet services were suspended following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Saturday.
Although Kashmir refused to react to the hanging of 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab, the demand for Afzal Guru's execution by the country's main opposition BJP had already created a sense of unease in the state's summer capital. Toufiq Rashid
reports. Hurriyat condemns Afzal Guru's hanging, calls for strike
By executing Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab within a span of nearly three months, the Congress has sought to knock out the BJP on the issues of terrorism and national security, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
reports. Terror has no religion: Manish Tewari
With stray incidents of protests in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley after 2001 Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru was hanged, the UPA government is on tenterhooks and has asked the army and the security forces to exercise utmost restraint in dealing with expected civil agitation in Jammu and Kashmir, Shishir Gupta
reports. All legal procedures followed in Afzal case: Shinde
Afzal Guru’s hanging on Saturday revived the debate around the fate of people on death row for the assassinations of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, former Punjab CM Beant Singh and other acts of terrorism. KV Lakshmana
and Manpreet Randhawa
Hours after Afzal Guru, convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case, was hanged in Tihar Jail, the chiefs of both factions of the Hurriyat Conference — Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq — were put under house arrest by the Delhi Police as a preventive measure on Saturday.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was taken into confidence on Afzal Guru’s hanging 10 days ago, highly-placed government sources told HT. Abdullah, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in Delhi on January 31, was asked what fallout the hanging would have in his state.
The BJP and RSS welcomed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging but said the government's step was a "delayed action" and his execution should have happened much earlier as the Supreme Court had confirmed his punishment in 2005.
Families of the martyrs of Parliament attack described the hanging of Afzal Guru on Saturday as 'the real tribute' to the sacrifices laid down to protect India's sovereignty. HT