Afzal Guru's family to approach apex court

Srinagar: The family of 2001 Parliament attack convict, Mohammad Afzal Guru plans to move the Apex Court so that no other family is denied the right to meet their loved one before being hanged.

His elder brother, Aijaz Guru April 16 has been quoted as saying “Authorities were insensitive and didn’t allow Guru to meet his family one last time. Perhaps, we can ensure that no other family undergoes the same trauma.” Guru’s family came to know about his execution after the news became public and a letter shot by Tihar jail authorities reached them, a full two days after his execution.

Three-member visiting Amnesty International team led by its Director Programme for India, V K Shashi Kumar told local news gathering agency, KNS, April 6 that Guru, who was hanged on February 9, didn’t get a fair trial and Amnesty favors return of Guru’s mortal remains. Opposition PDP’s senior vice-president, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, addressing media April 20, said they tried to raise their voice against Guru’s secret execution, in the Assembly but their space was choked by the government. “When we demanded Guru’s body, chief minister Omar Abdullah came up with a statement that Maqbool Bhat’s body should also be returned. This sabotaged our move and forced us to boycott proceedings.”


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 10

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