New Delhi: The last letter written by Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru to his wife finally reached her today in Kashmir. The letter was penned by Guru in Urdu, hours before was executed on Saturday morning, according to the officials of Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
“When he was told about his execution, he was cool and calm. He just expressed his wish that he wants to write a letter to his wife. The jail superintendent gave him a pen and paper,” an official said under condition of anonymity.
However, according to sources, Tihar Jail authorities had dispatched the letter only yesterday afternoon, more than 48 hours after his execution.
Afzal Guru was hanged and buried at Tihar Jail on Saturday. His family said that it discovered that he had been hanged on news channels. A letter informing his family of the hanging reached his hometown of Sopore in Kashmir yesterday, two days after he died. The government has faced a barrage of criticism for not allowing Guru to meet his family one last time before he was executed for his role in the deadly attack on Parliament in 2001.
The government has said that the family of Afzal Guru will be allowed to pray at his grave. Guru’s relatives have, however, said they’re not interested in that offer.
Guru’s belongings will be handed over to his family, said Home Secretary RK Singh. Guru’s relatives say what they want is for his body to be returned to them so that it can be buried in his hometown of Sopore in Kashmir.
Through a trial which human rights activists questioned, Guru denied that he had helped five terrorists with weapons or accommodation before they drove into the parliament complex and opened fire. Nine people were killed, most of them security guards, along with the attackers.
Kashmir has been tense since Guru’s hanging. Three people have died in clashes with security forces. Large parts of the state remain under curfew.