Afzal's execution disappointing, body should be returned to family: Mehbooba Mufti

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 16:00 hrs

Terming the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as very disappointing step, People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that his body must be handed over to the family for last rites.

"We have been opposing it right from the beginning. It (Hanging) should not have done, it will cerate a lot of problem in the valley. There are so many convicts deserving capital punishment, why so hurry in his case. The family should have informed and given a last chance to see him. Now, the government should at least return his body to the family, so that they can perform the last rites," said Mufti.

"There is a martial law situation in Kashmir and people are suffering because of curfew in the valley. We feel that at a time when there was a need to step up measures to reduce the trust deficit between the state and rest of the country, the execution of Afzal Guru could produce results to the contrary," she added.

Referring to chief minister Omar Abdullah's claim that he had no role in carrying out the execution, Mehbooba said the state government couldn't be absolved of its responsibility in taking this crucial decision like this.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday confirmed that Guru was hanged at 8 a.m. at the Tihar Jail. President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Guru's mercy plea on February 3 and a final decision to execute him was taken on February 8.

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. On 13th December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead. (ANI)

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