Afzal Guru Hanging: PM raps Shinde, says HM lacks courtesies

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New Delhi, Feb 14: At a time when Congress-led UPA government has come under scanner over hanging of 2001 Parliament attack case convict Mohammed Afzal Guru, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too has expressed his reservation the way the execution was handled.

Media reports say, Prime Minister has disapproved the manner in which Home Ministry has not bothered to inform the family of Guru, back in Jammu and Kashmir about his execution.

Sources say Manmohan Singh told Home Minister SushilKumar Shinde that his ministry had fallen short in extending basic human courtesies of informing Afzal's family in time about the hanging.

Government sent a Speed Post to inform Guru's family about his execution. The Speed Post addressed to his wife reached the family two days after his execution.

The decision drew criticism, including from J&K CM Omar Abdullah and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who were of the view that the family should have been informed in advance and possibly also given an opportunity to meet Afzal.

"Sending a letter via speed post in this era implies that there is something wrong in the system. As a human, I believe, they should have allowed the meeting and could have kept it secret. As was done with the Delhi Gangrape victim's identity," said Omar.

"Govt would have to convince the world that Afzal's execution wasn't selective".

"There is generation of young Kashmiri people who feel alienated and victimised and now it is up to the govt to answer", added Omar.

Raising serious questions against government and its absurd way of handling Guru's case, Omar said,"You don't just hang somebody to satisfy the 'collective conscience' of the society."

Now, Guru's family is demanding his body to be returned back to them. Guru's body was buried inside the premises of Tihar jail, where he was executed on Saturday, Feb 9.

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