Awami Ittihaad Party President and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid while reacting on Ministry of Home Affairs move of rejecting the demand that Afzal Guru’s remains be exhumed and returned to his family, termed the same as a “travesty of justice” and “paragon of inhuman standards”.
“It is quiet inhuman and barbaric that Ministry of Home Affairs is maintaining its inhuman stand that Afzal Guru’s remains cannot be handed over to his family as he was buried, as per jail manual, in an unmarked grave. It looks eminently clear from the stand that there are apprehensions that Afzal Guru’s body has been cremated rather than buried,” Rashid said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The refusal to hand over even mortal remains of dead human beings speaks volumes of insensitivity and chances are they might have burned which is gross violation of the religious norms,” he said.
“Now remains a question that was Afzal Guru Cremated or buried?,” he asked.
Rashid said, “after the written commitment by PDP MLA’s to work for bringing back the mortal remains of Afzal Guru it is high time that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed writes to Union Home Ministry to hand over mortal remains of Afzal Guru as MHA has stated that it has so far received no written communication in this regard.”
“The return of mortal remains of late Afzal Guru is a humanitarian issue and it is unprecedented in the history of civilized nations to imprison the mortal remains of dead and does not suit democratic credentials, Rashid said.
Parliament attack convict Mohmmad Afzal Guru was hanged and buried in Tihar jail Delhi on February 9, 2013.