HR Activist Tries To Hang Self, Demands Guru’s Body

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SRINAGAR: Kashmiri human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo on Tuesday tried to hang himself before the media in protest against the centre withholding the body of Muhammad Afzal Guru from his family.

The activist’s bid was foiled by the police just when he tightened the rope round his neck at in the Press Enclave here.

Joining the growing demands for the return of Guru’s body, Untoo told reporters the execution was “judicial murder” as even the Supreme Court had said that evidence against him (Guru) was only circumstantial.

“Nowhere in the world is the body of any person denied to his family, but for Kashmir everything is different,” he said.

“We urge the government of India to hand over the mortal remains of Afzal Guru to his family. If this is not done we will launch a vigorous agitation,” he said.

“The secret execution of Afzal has already been labeled a big blot on the face of Indian democracy by eminent jurists and scholars,” he said.

“He was hanged to satisfy the ‘collective conscience of the society,’ which amply shows that the government of India uses two yard-sticks, one for other states and one for Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. 

 

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