Parl attack: Afzal Guru to be hanged? Mercy plea rejected?

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Afzal Guru
New Delhi, Aug 10: The mercy plea of Afzal Guru, who has been convicted in the terror attack on the Parliament, might be rejected by the president. The Home Ministry on Wednesday, Aug 10 urged president Pratibha Patil to overrule the petition filed by Afzal Guru seeking dismissal of the capital punishment bestowed on him.

Earlier, on the same day, Minister of State for Home, Mullappally Ramachandran informed in Rajya Sabha, "The mercy petition case of death convict Mohd. Afzal Guru has since been submitted to the President's Secretariat on Jul 27, 2011 for a decision."

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the Dec 2001 Parliament attack and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. The sentence was scheduled to be carried out on Oct 20, 2006.

However, Guru's execution was stayed following a mercy petition filed by his wife. Now, it seems that Afzal Guru will soon be hanged if the president rejects the mercy plea petition.

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