Guru Did Not Receive Adequate Legal Representation: JKCC

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KL Report

Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has condemned the execution of Afzal Guru and the clamp down following it. Noted Human Rights activist and JKCCS head Advocate Parvez Imroz in a statement here said that Mohammad Afzal Guru did not receive adequate legal representation and material factual contradictions in the trial record. He said that February 9, 2013 hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru remains consistent with past conduct of the Indian State in relation to Jammu and Kashmir.

“A conviction affirmed despite serious lapses in the trial. The execution carried out in absolute secrecy – the family of Mohammad Afzal Guru being cruelly informed of the execution a few days later. No opportunity provided to Afzal Guru to challenge the rejection of the mercy petition. An absolute shut down in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said adding “the message from the India is clear – there will be no right of mourning for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and law and order will be maintained at all costs– and as of date this has led to three killings of civilians and countless injured.”

It added that the Peaceful protests in New Delhi have been met with brute force, executed by the colluding forces of the State and right-wing extremists.

Imroz said that ex-Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Kuldeep Khoda, accused of serious human rights violations [confirmed by Crime Branch findings]is awarded and will be the first Chief Vigilance Commissioner. He added that “while Afzal Guru has been executed to satisfy a “collective conscience”, perpetrators of crimes in Jammu and Kashmir have never been prosecuted. The Indian State has not deemed it fit to even respond to the recently released IPTK/APDP that names 500 alleged perpetrators of crimes in Jammu and Kashmir. But, shamelessly, as in the case of Kuldeep Khoda and many others, they have been awarded and rewarded. India therefore enforces its law to persecute the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but ensures the protection of State perpetrators in its larger design to control territory.”

The statement further said that the body of Mohammad Afzal Guru must be returned to his family. “The Indian State has no moral or legal right over it. The return of his body immediately is a basic, common demand,” it added.

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