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Timeline: Eleven years from Parliament attack to hanging

By Vicky Nanjappa
Last updated on: February 09, 2013 10:15 IST
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The Parliament attack case was one of the most challenging cases for investigators. It had several twists and turns, but finally the curtains came down on it with one of the main accused in the case, Afzal Guru, being hanged at Tihar Jail, New Delhi on Saturday.

Here’s a timeline of the entire case:

December 13, 2001: Five terrorists enter Parliament complex and go on a rampage, killing nine people and injuring 15.

December 15: The Delhi Police pick up Afzal Guru, member of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, from Jammu and Kashmir. S A R Geelani of Delhi University's Zakir Hussain College picked up for questioning and later arrested. Two others -- Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru -- were picked up later.

Dec 29, 2001: Afzal Guru sent to 10-day police remand.

June 4, 2002: Charges framed against the four persons picked up by the police.

December 18, 2002: Death sentences awarded to Geelani, Shaukat Hussain and Afzal Guru, while Afsan Guru was let off.

August 30, 2003: Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Ghazi Baba, prime accused in the attack, is killed in an encounter with the Border Security Force in Srinagar. Three more militants with him are also killed in the 10-hour encounter.

October 29, 2003: Geelani acquitted in the case.

August 4, 2005: The Supreme Court hands out death sentence to Afzal Guru while commuting the sentence of Shaukat to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

September 26, 2006: Delhi court orders Afzal Guru to be hanged.

October 3, 2006: Afzal’s wife Tabasum files mercy petition.

January 12, 2007: The Supreme Court dismisses Afzal Guru’s plea seeking a review of his death sentence.

May 19, 2010: Delhi government rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition; endorses capital punishment awarded to him by the Supreme Court.

December 30, 2010: Shaukat Hussain is released from Tihar jail.

Dec 10, 2012: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says he would examine Afzal Guru's file after Parliament's winter session concludes on December 22.

February 3, 2013: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Afzal Guru’s mercy petition.

February 9, 2013: Afzal Guru is hanged.

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