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After Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, a group of civil society members from Kashmir have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking "unconditional return" of parliament attack-convict Afzal Guru's body.
"The way Mohammad Afzal Guru's rights in the matter of the fate of his body and final burial have been denied represents a serious violation of human rights and a gross disregard of the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," reads the resolution signed by 850 civil society members from Kashmir. The signatories also include lawyers, doctors, journalists, businessmen, government employees and students. The resolution has been sent to Prime Minister Singh and a copy of it has also been sent to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Speaker Lo Sabha Meira Kumar and J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. "The Indian State has no legal or moral right over the body of Mohammad Afzal Guru and it must be returned immediately to his family".
The resolution has said that Guru didn't get a fair trial and termed his "secret" hanging as a grave human rights violation. "The people of Jammu and Kashmir believe Mohammad Afzal Guru was denied a fair trial, the opportunity to contest the rejection of his mercy petition, and an opportunity to meet his family before his secret execution," the resolution reads. "It is a grave human rights violation. India considers his dead body as seditious and the body has been subjected to continued 'imprisonment'".