New Delhi: The mercy plea of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 3 after getting the file in this regard from the Home Ministry on January 21. This was confirmed by the Union Home Secretary RK Singh after Guru’s hanging on Saturday morning.  

Earlier in the morning, communication from Rashtrapati Bhawan had also confirmed about rejection of the mercy plea of 2001 Parliament attack convict.  

"The mercy petition of Afzal Guru was rejected a few days back," Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said on Saturday.

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.

On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.

A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead. A year later, four accused, including Afzal Guru, were arrested for the attack and found guilty after a trial.


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