Afzal’s kin finally get letter
Postmen deliver letter announcing that the terrorist's mercy plea has been rejected. Executed convict's family call it a "cruel joke", accuse govt of deliberately hurting them.Toufiq Rashid reports. Has the situation in Kashmir been handled competently after Afzal Guru's hanging?india Updated: Feb 12, 2013 00:27 IST
Cries of mourning broke out again in the Afzal Guru household this morning when a postman delivered letter from Superintendent Jail, Tihar Jail informing about Guru's execution on February 9, 2013.
According to family the letter addressed to Tabasum, who had filed the mercy plea, informed the family about execution. The letter had address of Guru's ancestral villages in Seer Jagir, Sopore, 500 km NW of Srinagar.
"We got the letter early morning today. Though we refused to accept it initially some of our relatives prevailed on us to see the contents," said Aijaz Guru, Afzals elder brother. "What is the need of getting the letter delivered when the execution has happened three days back," he added.
According to the family, the letter says that the mercy plea has been rejected and execution will happen on Saturday morning. Parliament attack convict Afzal was hanged and buried in Tihar jail on February 9. Although government had claimed that Guru's family was informed about the execution, the family had claimed otherwise.
The postman delivered the letter inspite of strict curfew and cordoning of the area around Guru's house. The house for last two days has been out of bounds for even close neighbours. "The postmen said that they had to park their car at a distance from our house but were allowed to walk from there," he said.
"Though government has been claiming that the letter was send on February 6, the postal stamp from Delhi has February 8 written on it," he added.
The family said that letter getting delivered now was a `crude joke'.
"Its like rubbing salt on our wounds," he said.
The family meanwhile is waiting for a positive response from the government to offer prayer (namaze-Janaza) and perform last rites at Afzals grave in Tihar jail.