Jamiat slams ‘hasty’ hanging of Afzal

An influential representative of Muslims, Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi decrying the "hasty and surreptitious" manner in which the government carried out the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. It felt keeping Afzal's family in the dark denied him an opportunity to seek legal remedy.

"The very collective conscience of the society, which was supposed to be satisfied by imposing the death penalty upon Afzal Guru, appears to be outraged by the manner and procedure of its execution," former Rajya Sabha MP and Jamiat general secretary Mahmood A Madani wrote.

"...the denial of opportunity of legal remedy to the condemned prisoner by wilfully and cunningly blocking information to his family; hasty and surreptitious execution; denial of last wish; denial of rights of survivors to perform last rights; siege of the whole population of Kashmir and denial of all civil liberties, are charges too serious to be missed by a leader of your stature," he wrote.

He, however, has refrained from commenting on the merit of the Supreme Court's verdict or the President's decision to reject the mercy plea.

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