Two decades ago, the
citadel of the biggest democracy in the world came under terrorist attack,
causing a tragedy that cost nine lives, both of civilians and police personnel.
Here’s a timeline of the
December 13, 2001: A group of 5 terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist groups
opened fire that killed nine people and injured sixteen others.
December 15, 2001: Within merely two days, Delhi Police arrested two
convicts, Afzal Guru and SAR Geelani, a professor at Delhi University’s Zakir
Hussain College. The rest were picked up later for interrogation.
December 29, 2001: Afzal Guru was sent to a 10-day long remand.
June 4, 2002: Charges were put against Afzal Guru, SAR Geelani,
Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afsan Guru.
December 18, 2002: Afsan Guru let off, death penalty given to SAR Geelani,
Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afzal Guru
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August 30, 2003: Leader
of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Ghazi Baba, killed in
Srinagar in a 10-hour long encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF). Three
other militants killed as well.
August 4, 2005: The Supreme Court
confirms death penalty of Afzal Guru. Also commutes Shaukat Hussain Guru’s
death sentence to a decade long imprisonment.
September 26, 2006: Delhi court
orders Afzal to be executed.
2006: Tabasum Guru, wife of Afzal Guru’s files a petition for mercy with former
President APJ Abdul Kalam.
January 12, 2007: Supreme Court
dismisses Afzal Guru’s plea to review his capital punishment.
May 19, 2010: Delhi government
also rejects Afzal Guru’s mercy petition; asks Supreme Court for capital
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December 30, 2010: Shaukat Hussain
Guru gets released from Tihar Jail, Delhi.
December 10, 2012: Home Minister
Sushilkumar Shinde says to examine Afzal Guru’s file.
February 3, 2013: Then President
Pranab Mukherjee dismisses Afzal Guru’s mercy petition.
2013: Afzal Guru gets hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.