Afzal Guru's last letter reaches wife

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 09:26 hrs

Srinagar: The last letter written by Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was delivered to his wife Tabassum in Jammu Kashmir's Sopore town in 26 hours despite curfew in the area, reports said on Wednesday.

The letter was addressed to his wife. It was delivered to her on Tuesday.

According to reports, the letter was sent to her via speed post.

"The last letter Afzal Guru wrote before he was executed was addressed to his wife and has been delivered to her in Sopore in Kashmir in 26 hours," NDTV reported.

Pertinently, Guru's family said they received the official letter informing them about his execution on Monday, two days after he was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday.

Guru's family earlier contradicted the government's statement and said they were not informed about his execution or rejection of his mercy plea by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Guru's cousin Yaseen Guru said they came to know about his execution via television channels and social networking sites.

Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Saturday had said Guru's family was sent a letter via speed post which said that his petition for clemency had been rejected by the President and that he would be hanged in Tihar Jail.

Speaking on the government's decision to send a letter via speed post to Guru's family, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday told CNN-IBN: "There is something wrong in the system if we are sending information through Speed Post in this era. We could have easily got the family to meet him in Delhi and kept it a secret."

Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday. The execution took place at 8am and he was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.

Guru's execution was initially scheduled for Oct 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru's wife filed a mercy petition with the President.

In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.

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