A militant separatist sentenced to death for his participation in the bloody Islamist attack against the parliament in New Delhi in December 2001, was hanged Saturday after the rejection of his request for a pardon by the President of India, it was learned official source.
Mohammed Afzal Guru, a former fruit vendor, was executed at 7:30 (0200 GMT) at the Tihar jail, near New Delhi, told AFP Interior Minister RK Singh.
Fear of unrest in the breakaway region of Kashmir, curfew was imposed Saturday in several parts of the region while the main city, Srinagar, was cordoned off by police after running separatist.
Guru was convicted of conspiracy and complicity sheltered Islamist militants who had launched an attack December 13, 2001 against the federal parliament in New Delhi, killing 14 people, including five attackers. He was a member of the banned Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
This group is fighting against the Indian government in the divided region of Kashmir, where separatist conflict has left some 100,000 dead since the beginning of the insurgency in 1989, according to the organizations of human rights.
December 13, 2001, five armed men broke into the parliament in New Delhi, killing eight policemen and a gardener before being killed by security forces. A journalist wounded in the attack had died several months later. The attack was almost a war between India and Pakistan.
In India, activists who had participated in the attack on the parliament were supported by the Pakistani intelligence services, which had pushed the two enemy countries, each in possession of nuclear weapons, deploy approximately one million soldiers on their respective borders for eight months.
Of Indian military intelligence sources said on Saturday it had received instructions to prepare for a possible backlash in Kashmir after the execution of Guru.
"We were informed qu'Afzal Guru be hanged on Saturday and we had thus strengthen security," said a senior military official told AFP.
According to residents of rural Kashmir, police at dawn ordered people by loudspeakers to stay at home.
Although the curfew has not been formally decided to Srinagar, police erected barricades quickly to block roads and main entrances to the city center to prevent any demonstration.
Three police helicopters hovering over Srinagar, the largest city in the Indian state populated mostly only Muslims.
University officials Srinagar announced in a statement that the examinations held Saturday were canceled.
Death sentences are carried out in extremely rare cases in India and is the second Guru sentenced to be executed since 2004.
The only surviving gunman of Islamist attacks in Mumbai 2008 (166 dead), Mohammed Ajmal Kasab Pakistan, was executed on November 21.