Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in the national capital's Tihar Jail at 8 am Saturday, less than a week after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea, officials said. "Afzal Guru was hanged at 8 a.m.," Home Secretary R.K. Singh said. "We received the president's rejection of his mercy plea on Feb 3. We moved accordingly then," he said.
Afzal Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging was scheduled for October 2006, but was stayed after his wife filed a mercy petition. Nine people were killed in the Dec 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.