On Dec. 13, 2001, five gunmen entered the compound of India’s Parliament and opened fire. A gunbattle with security officers ensued and 14 people, including the gunmen, were killed. India blamed the Pakistan-based militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The attack led to heightened tensions between India and its neighbor and archrival Pakistan and brought the neighbors to the brink of war, but tensions eased after intense diplomatic pressure from the international community and a promise by then-Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to clamp down on the militants.
Guru confessed in TV interviews that he helped plot the attack, but later denied any involvement and said he was tortured into confessing.
Government prosecutors said that Guru was a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a charge Guru denied.
Guru’s family said it had not been told that he was about to be executed.
‘‘Indian government has yet again functioned like a fascist state and hanged him secretly,’’ said Yasin Guru, a relative who lives in the family’s compound in Sopore. ‘‘They did not have the courtesy to inform his family.’’
Associated Press writers Aijaz Hussain in Srinagar, India, and Adil Jawad in Karachi, Pakistan, contributed to this report.