Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged on Saturday at the Tihar Jail. Following is the chronology of events leading to the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist’s execution:
December 13, 2001: Five >terrorists enter Parliament complex and open indiscriminate fire, killing nine people and injuring over 15.
December 15, 2001: Delhi Police pick up >Afzal Guru , a member of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), from Jammu and Kashmir. >S.A.R Geelani of Delhi University’s Zakir Hussain College picked up for questioning and later arrested. Two others — Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru — were picked up later.
December 29, 2001: Afzal Guru sent to 10-day >police remand .
June 4, 2002: Charges are framed against four people — Afzal Guru, Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru, Afsan Guru and Geelani.
December 18, 2002:>Death sentence given to Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afzal Guru, while Afsan Guru is let off.
August 30, 2003: Jaish-e-Muhammad leader >Ghazi Baba , prime accused in the attack, is killed in an encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar. Three more militants along with him are also killed in the 10-hour encounter.
October 29, 2003:>Geelani acquitted in the case.
August 4, 2005: The Supreme Court, while confirming the death sentence of Afzal Guru, commutes Shaukat Hussain Guru’s death sentence to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.
September 26, 2006:>Delhi court orders Afzal Guru to be hanged.
October 3, 2006: Afzal Guru’s wife Tabasum Guru files a >mercy petition with then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
January 12, 2007: The Supreme Court >dismisses Afzal Guru’s plea seeking review of his death sentence, saying “there is no merit” in it.
May 19, 2010: Delhi government rejects Afzal Guru’s mercy petition; endorses capital punishment awarded to him by the Supreme Court.
December 30, 2010:>Shaukat Hussain Guru released from Tihar Jail.
December 10, 2012: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says he would examine Afzal Guru’s file after Parliament’s Winter session concludes on December 22.
February 3, 2013: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Afzal Guru’s mercy petition
February 9, 2013:>Afzal Guru hanged in Tihar Jail.
Also read: Editorial - Dec.18, 2002: >The Parliament Attack Case
News Analysis: >Few straight answers yet
Editorial - Dec 20, 2002: >The death sentences
Editorial - Oct 31, 2003: >Justice done
Editorial - Aug 06, 2005 : > Just acquittal, unjust suspicion
Editorial - Oct 09, 2006: >Clemency — for the right reasons