Letter reaches, raises some questions

Afzal Guru's family received the letter informing them of his impending execution at Tihar on Monday, two days after Guru had been hanged and buried on the jail premises.

Chief Postmaster General, Jammu & Kashmir, John Samuel told The Indian Express that it had been sent from Delhi the day before the execution, and it had reached Srinagar the following day. "It was booked from New Delhi GPO on February 8," Samuel said. "We received it on February 9 and it was processed normally." Guru was hanged at 8 am on February 9. The family got the news from TV.

Samuel had no information about the letter when The Indian Express checked with him on Sunday. "I was under the impression that it must have been delivered long back," he said. "This letter would have been delivered on Sunday itself but our post offices other than GPO in Srinagar are closed on Sundays."

The letter from the superintendent of Tihar's Jail No. 3, which arrived at the Guru family home on Monday, was addressed to "Mrs Tabbusum, w/o Sh Mohd. Afjal Guru".

It misspelt Afzal's name, and read: "The mercy petition of convict Sh Mohd. Afjal Guru S/o Habibillah has been rejected by Hon'ble President of India. Hence the execution of Mohd. Afjal Guru S/o Habibillah has been fixed for 09/02/2013 at 8 am in Central Jail No. 3. This is for your information and for further necessary action."

"For us, Afzal was hanged a second time today," the executed convict's cousin, Yasin Guru, told The Indian Express. "This morning we received a call from the block post master here. He said that he wanted to come and deliver the letter to us. When he arrived with the letter, we all cried. It felt as if they had hanged Afzal all over again. We don't know why they even sent this letter now."

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