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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Afzal Guru hanged ....
Afzal Guru was hanged today morning (9.2.2013) at Tihar jail in Delhi. Afzal Guru was convicted for conspiracy for attack on the Indian Parliament. This is the second time a convict has been hanged without any public knowledge of the date of his hanging and without the convicts family being informed about the date of execution. If media reports are to be believed Afzal Guru has been buried in Tihar jail.
A few months ago Kasab, who was convicted for the Mumbai attacks was also executed in a similar way.
Question remains why such secrecy was maintained by the government and why the family of Afzal Guru was not informed about the date of execution. May be the family members would have wanted to meet him for the last time.
There is no information on when the mercy petition of Afzal Guru was rejected by the President of India. The secrecy in hanging also deprives the convict of challenging the rejection of mercy petition before the courts. Similar cases, where mercy petitions have been rejected and the same has been challenged are pending before the Supreme Court of India. By maintaining the secrecy the government is depriving the convict of exploring his constitutional right and remedies before the judiciary.