India Hangs Man Over Attack on Parliament
Protests break out in Kashmir; 2001 assault left 14 dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 9, 2013 8:00 AM CST
Indian paramilitary soldiers interrogate a civilian near a barbed wire set up as road blockade during curfew in Srinagar, India, Saturday.   (Mukhtar Khan)

(Newser) – A Kashmiri man convicted in a 2001 attack on India's Parliament that left 14 people dead was hanged today after a final mercy plea was rejected. Mohammed Afzal Guru had been on death row since 2002, but his execution was delayed after his wife filed a mercy petition with India's president. That petition, the last step in the judicial process, was turned down earlier this week. Protests broke out today in at least four parts of Indian Kashmir over the high-profile execution, including the northwestern town of Sopore, which was Guru's home. Amnesty International and other groups have charged that Guru did not get a fair trial.

On Dec. 13, 2001, five gunmen entered the compound of India's Parliament and opened fire. A gunbattle with security officers ensued and 14 people, including the gunmen, were killed. India blamed the Pakistan-based militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attack led to heightened tensions between India and Pakistan and brought the neighbors to the brink of war, but tensions eased after intense diplomatic pressure. Guru confessed in TV interviews that he helped plot the attack, but later denied any involvement and said he was tortured into confessing.

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Feb 10, 2013 12:31 PM CST
and i thought a guru was supposed to be a good guy!!!
Feb 10, 2013 3:18 AM CST
Indian Muslim from Kashmir executed. Situation in Kashmir, India is normal, all screwed up. India and Pakistan have been at odds since they gained independence after World War 2. One execution won't change that fact. India and Pakistan only serve to help America's economy. India and Pakistan are the meccas of cheap labor. Pakistanis are great New York Taxi Cab drivers. We, as Americans need Indian and Pakistani people to work at our gas stations and convenience stores. We should help the Pakistanis and Indians achieve peace. The Hindu and Muslim fanatics of India may help destroy America's access to free labor. God Bless America. Jesus loves America.
Feb 9, 2013 9:33 AM CST
The fact that our muslim appeasing govt actually hung him means there was no way he was innocent. If there was a way for Congress to prove him to be innocent and blame it on Hindus, they would have done it in a heartbeat, anything for the muslim vote.