Afzal Guru Anniversary: Seven things You Need to Know about Afzal

Mohammad Afzal Guru was a Kashmiri separatist, who was convicted for his role in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack He received a death sentence for his involvement, which was upheld by the Indian Supreme Court. Following the rejection of a mercy petition by the President of India, he was executed on 9 February 2013.

These are the Seven things you need to know about Afzal guru:
1. Mohammad Afzal Guru was born in Sopore village of Baramullah district on June 30, 1969. 
2. In 1988, Afzal Guru had enrolled himself at the Jhelum Valley Medical College but could not complete the degree. Afzal had even prepared for competitive state examinations, at one point.
3. On December 15, 2001, two days after the attack on Indian parliament, Delhi Police arrested Afzal Guru and on June 4, 2002, charges were framed against him.

4. Afzal Guru in an interview with Jose, Guru had said, ” If you want to hang me, go ahead with it, but remember it will be a black spot on the judicial and political system of India.” 
5. On August 4, 2005, Supreme Court of India confirmed the death sentence  to Afzal Guru, Afzal Guru’s wife Tabassum Guru filed a mercy petition with President APJ Abdul Kalam Azad, on October 3, 2006,  however, in February 3, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the Afzal Guru’s mercy petition, and he (Afzal) was hanged in Tihar jail on February 9, 2013, convicted  for his role in the 2001 Indian Parlaiment attack, and his body was buried within the premices of Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

6. After Afzal Guru was buried inside Tihar Jail. The state government did not want the people in the Valley to have another martyr figure. Anti-India sentiment was put under consideration. Internet and mobile services were blocked in Kashmir fearing the public agitation.
7. Guru’s family was denied the legal rights to meet him before hanging him. When questioned, the then Home Minister-Sushil Kumar Shinde said that his family was informed by speed post and registered post, which reached to his house two days later.

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