Families of parliament attack victims laud Afzal Guru's execution
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru gained little sympathy on the internet when news of his execution hit the headlines on Saturday morning.
"Jihadi terrorist, kill afzalguru and crushed cockroach" were popular words used to describe his execution, according SAP Social Media.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said the hanging of Guru was better late than never. "Der aaye durast aaye (Better late than never)," Modi tweeted.
The hanging of Guru is not a time for politics but calm and sobriety, tweeted minister of state for home RPN Singh.
“Afzal Guru was hanged this (Saturday) morning. This is not a time for politics but calm, restraint and sobriety,” RPN Singh said on the microblogging site Twitter. Guru was “innocent”, said Pakistani journalist and TV anchor Hamid Mir.
“I think he was innocent but hanged in India,” tweeted Mir.
Afzal Guru was convicted for his role in the attack on Parliament in 2001. He was hanged on Saturday morning in Tihar jail.
Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging was earlier scheduled for October 2006, but was suspended or stayed after his wife had filed a mercy petition on his behalf.
Nine people were killed in the December 13, 2001 parliament attack when five heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists drove into the parliament complex and opened fire. There were about 100 MPs in the building at the time of the attack. The terrorists were shot dead.