Welcoming the decision to hang Afzal Guru, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tweeted that the decision to hang the 2001 Parliament attack accused is better late than never.
Modi tweeted: "Der aye, durust aye (It's better to be late than never)."
Guru was the main accused in the December 13, 2001 terror strike on Parliament.
The Union home ministry confirmed the hanging of Guru, with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde stating that the Jaish-e-Mohammad member was hanged inside the Tihar Jail at 8 am on Saturday morning
Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging was earlier scheduled for October 2006, but was suspended or stayed after his wife had filed a mercy petition on his behalf.
Sources were quoted, as saying that President Mukherjee had informed the Union home ministry that he had rejected the mercy petition on January 23.
The Parliament attack of December 2001 involved five heavily-armed terrorists driving into the Parliament complex and opening random fire. Nine people were killed, most of them security personnel. All five terrorists were killed
At the time, proceedings in Parliament was adjourned even as several lawmakers were inside. A few days later, Guru was arrested on the charge that he had masterminded the terror strike
The main opposition BJP has repeatedly questioned the delay in Guru's execution, and its leaders last questioned the government in Parliament on the 11th anniversary of the attack (December 13, 2012).