Ram Jethmalani Asks Delhi To Handover Remains of Afzal To Family

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SRINAGAR: Blaming Central leadership for acting in an autocratic way in Afzal Guru’s execution case, Kashmir Committee Chairman and senior Supreme Court lawyer, Ram Jethmalani Sunday said that he was deeply grieved that Afzal was not given chance to meet his kith and kin before being sent to gallows.

“I am not only deeply hurt but ashamed as well the way Central leadership tarnished the democratic set up of the country. Where it is written that family members can’t meet the person before his execution and merely on the pretext of law and order you are hurting the sentiments of Kashmiri people more by not handing over his body to his family,” Jethmalani said in an interview.

He said that he was sorry to state but the reality is that “Gandhi’s India has turned into Hitler’s Germany”.

He said though we can’t challenge the decision of Supreme Court but it is a fact that Afzal was not informed beforehand about his execution in Tihar Jail so that his family could have taken any legal action about the decision. “There was considerable delay in his execution and all this was done to increase vote bank. I sincerely regret that he was not allowed even to meet his little son before his execution which speaks volumes,” he said.

Ram Jethmalani advised Government of India to hand over the body of Afzal Guru to his family without any further delay. “A spark neglected burns the house. Save Kashmir before it burns. On the pretext of law and order problem, the government can’t deprive his family from his body,” he said and added that Government should face terrorism in a humane way.

“If Government will let loose a reign of terror then what is the difference between terrorists and establishment?” Ram said.

He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah played no role in Afzal’s execution. “It was the Delhi’s prerogative to hang Afzal and Omar’s apprehensions were not taken into consideration. So it is wrong to say that Omar could have played any role. We all know that state government of Jammu and Kashmir has a least say in the Centre,” he said. (CNS)

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