Monday, February 9, 2015

Afzal Guru's hanging 'wrong', Shashi Tharoor tweets

TNN | Feb 9, 2015, 04.39 PM IST

NEW DELHI: In remarks which are likely to stir a controversy, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday termed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging as "wrong and badly handled". Afzal Guru, who was handed a death penalty in the 2001 Parliament attack case, was hanged on February 9, 2013. "I think the hanging was both wrong & badly handled. Family should have been warned, given a last meeting & body returned," Shashi Tharoor, a Congress MP from Kerala, tweeted on Monday. Tharoor's comments come after five Congress MLAs in Jammu & Kashmir admitted in a signed statement that Afzal Guru's hanging was a "mistake."

"The demand for clemency for Guru was justified and his mortal remains should be returned to his family. The decision to not allow his family members to meet him one last time was also a mistake," the statement read. Meanwhile, several separatists leaders were detained or put under house arrest and prohibitory orders clamped in the city in the wake of protests called by them on the second anniversary of Afzal Guru's execution. Supporters of the Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar on February 9. Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari and Nowhatta police station areas in the old city and Maisuma police station area in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

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