Afzal Guru family drives controversy erupts over hanging communication
Though Union Home Secretary R K Singh had yesterday said tersely that the family of Guru, a resident of Sopore in North Kashmir, was sent a communication through speedpost, the family claimed having not received any such communication raising questions as to whether there was a serious effort to inform the family.
"Guru's family was informed about the decision of the Government that his mercy petition has been rejected. This was done through speedpost," Singh had said. The 43-year-old death row convict was hanged at 8 AM and buried in Tihar jail yesterday in a secret operation.
Omar also questioned the rationale of informing Guru's family through post saying the reliability of the medium itself was questionable.
"If we are going to inform someone by post that his family member is going to be hanged, there is something seriously wrong with the system," he said.
The Chief Minister expressed concern about his government having been informed about the execution just 12 hours in advance and said he was hurt that the family of Guru had not been informed in due time.
Omar said it was a 'tragedy' that Guru was not allowed to meet his family before he was hanged and not