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President rejected Afzal's mercy plea Feb 3: Shinde

President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the mercy plea of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 3 and he was hanged at 8 am today, said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Sushilkumar Shinde
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde

"Afzal Guru's case was again sent to me by president when I took over as home minister. I examined it in detail and I recommended it to president on January 21 and the file came back to me from president on February 3," Shinde told reporters.

"It was sent for further execution by me on February 4 and the judiciary confirmed the date on February 8 and the time was also confirmed," he said.

Afzal Guru was convicted for his role in the attack on parliament in 2001.

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