PDP Demands Return Of Afzal Guru's Remains And Brands His Hanging A 'travesty Of Justice'

2 March 2015
Mail Online India
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: It seems Afzal Guru will haunt the politics of Jammu and Kashmir again and again. A group of MLAs from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has demanded that the mortal remains of Guru should be sent to Jammu and Kashmir. They have also said that the hanging of Guru - who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case - was a 'travesty of justice' and that proper constitutional procedures were not followed. The development comes close on the heels of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's statement on Sunday that one should thank the separatists and Pakistan for allowing Assembly elections in the state last year. As there was widespread outcry over Sayeed's statement, eight MLAs of the ruling PDP issued a statement, saying that they would vigorously try to ensure that Guru's mortal remains are returned to the state. Guru was hanged in Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9, 2013. 'The way he (Guru) was picked up from serial number 28 and singled out, has been condemned by the PDP and it stands by the demand for return of his mortal remains, and the party promises to follow vigorously for the return of the mortal remains,' the party legislators said in a statement. The PDP legislators who issued the statement are Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, Raja Manzoor Ahmad, Muhammd Abas Wani, Yawar Dilawar Mir, advocate Mohd Yosuf, Aijaz Ahmad Mir and Noor Mohd Sheikh. In 2011, MLA Engineer Rashid (right) brought a resolution in J&K Assembly seeking clemency for Afzal Guru. Parliament attack convict Guru was hanged and buried on the premises of Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9, 2013 In 2011 independent MLA Engineer Rashid had brought a resolution seeking clemency for Guru. However, both the BJP and the Congress had grounded the resolution by creating a ruckus in the House on the day the resolution was to come up for debate. As a result, the then Speaker had to adjourn the House. Last month when the Congress sought a vote for senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha election, Rashid had demanded a statement from the Congress MLAs over Guru's hanging. Subsequently, five Congress lawmakers admitted in a statement that the previous Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre wrongly handled the hanging of Guru. 'The demand for clemency for Guru was justified and his mortal remains should be returned to his family,' the statement of Congress party MLAs had also said. Meanwhile, on Monday, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah poked fun at the PDP over the issue. 'I'm grateful to Eng Rashid, in spite of hours spent with Mufti Syed & the signed declaration from PDP he voted for the @JKNC_ candidate,' Abdullah tweeted referring to the recent Rajya Sabha election. 'So @jkpdp brought out its big guns, cynically used *AfzalGuru by giving Eng Rashid a signed statement & still LOST the election. *Hahahahaha,' reads another tweet of Abdullah. 'If @jkpdp truly believed they wanted to work to bring back Guru's remains they would have fought to include it in the CMP (common minimum programme), which they didn't,' he further tweeted.