A DELHI court on Tuesday ordered that Mohammed Afzal, the Jaish-e Mohammed militant sentenced to death in the 2001 Parliament attack case, be hanged on October 20. Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur fixed 6 a.m. as the time for Afzal's execution at the Tihar Jail.
Afzal was awarded the death sentence by a sessions court in 2002. The punishment was upheld by the Delhi High Court in 2003 and by the Supreme Court last year.
On December 13, 2001, five Pakistani terrorists breached the security barricades at the Parliament House and began random firing, killing nine security personnel. All the terrorists died in the counterattack.
Afzal, an Indian national, was convicted of providing shelter and helping the Pakistani militants in executing the attack. He can file a mercy plea before the president.