Lucknow, March 03: The officials of New Delhi’s Tihar Jail have refused to disclose certain details regarding detention and execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru in the jail.
The prison headquarters (office of the director general of prisons) in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query by a human rights activists of Lucknow, Urvashi Sharma, has said that the relations of India with foreign countries could jeopardise if details like the copy of the black warrant of Afzal Guru, copies of communication sent by ministry of home affairs after taking a decision on the mercy petition, and the total expenses on keeping Afzal in jail were disclosed.
Sharma had also sought copies of documents or letters generated, sent and received by the prison department during the process of deciding the place of burial. She had also asked for the names of the executioner (s), list of people present during the burial of Guru’s dead body and photographs.
But, she was taken aback by the response of the prison department stonewalling innocent queries like expenses incurred on Afzal Guru’s lodgment in Tihar Jail.
“This is completely unacceptable. Why can they not part with communications leading to the rejection of his mercy petition and subsequent hanging,” Sharma said in an interview. She said that had the prison department responded positively, several conspiracy theories and human rights queries would have been satiated.
“There has been several protests regarding the secretive circumstances Afzal Guru was hanged in and the quiet burial…(the) prison department of Tihar Jail and the government must come clean on this matter,” the RTI activist said, adding that she was exploring options to file a review petition.
Afzal Guru, a resident of Sopore area of occupied Kashmir was hanged on February 9 at Tihar Jail in Indian Parliament attack case. -KGN