Afzal Guru's family members finally received the letter carrying the news of his death. However, it seems too little, too late for the kin who were disappointed with the UPA government for not allowing them to meet Guru for the last time.
While the Centre has been trying to defend themselves claiming that they had informed Guru's family about his execution, it seems that the speed post had ditched the government and Guru's kin. Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah criticised the Centre for hanging Guru in a hush hush manner keeping his kin in dark.
The speed post, according to sources, was booked in Delhi on Feb 6 with the information that the hanging would be carried out on Feb 8. It reached Srinagar on Feb 9 and could not be delivered on Feb 10 as it was a Sunday. So, the postman delivered the letter to his residence in Sopore District in Kashmir on Monday.
Earlier the CM of the state was quoted as saying, "Like it or not, the execution has reinforced the point that there is no justice. We will have to deal with how we can change that sort of alienation. As a human being, I cannot reconcile to the fact that Afzal Guru was not allowed to see his family. That is one of the biggest tragedies of this execution."
The 43-year-old Parliament attack convict was hanged and buried in Tihar jail premises in Delhi in a secret operation on Saturday. A source from government informed that Afzal's family members have sought permission to offer their last respects at his grave inside the jail premise.