Protests erupt as India executes Afzal Guru
10 February, 2013
NEW DELHI: India hanged a Kashmiri man on Saturday for an attack on the country's parliament in 2001, sparking clashes in Kashmir between protesters and police who wielded batons and fired teargas. Dozens of people were injured.
President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a mercy petition from Afzal Guru and he was hanged at 8am in Tihar jail in New Delhi. Security forces anticipating unrest had imposed a curfew in parts of Held Kashmir and ordered people off the streets.
Guru, from the Indian-held Kashmir, was convicted of helping organise arms for the gunmen who made the attack and a place for them to stay. He always maintained his innocence.