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Afzal petitions president for mercy

Guru submits 102-page long mercy petition to the authorities of Tihar jail to be forwarded to President Abdul Kalam.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 18:28 IST

Mohammed Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for his role in the 2001 Parliament terror attack, has petitioned President APJ Abdul Kalam for mercy.

Guru has submitted his 102-page long mercy petition to the authorities of Tihar jail, where he is lodged currently, late on Wednesday evening, sources said on Thursday.

The prison authorities will forward the petition, which includes 75 pages of annexures, to the President, they said.

The former JKLF terrorist so far has refused to file a clemency petition citing that he had no hope of getting justice while his family had approached the first citizen seeking mercy for him.

In his plea, Guru said he was moved by the "solidarity" he has received from the people cutting across ideological divides apart from the support he got from Jammu and Kashmir.

"This support has truly given me a new hope that I may still live and able to see me son grow up," he said in his plea.

Guru said he was also moved by how "graciously the President received his wife, son and mother when they met him...It kindled a new hope that I may still get justice".

First Published: Nov 09, 2006 13:47 IST