May consider Guru family's request to visit grave: Shinde

Afzal guru

On February 9, the family alleged that Guru had been hanged without informing them. In their letter to the D-G (Prisons), the family's lawyers said they had been shocked to hear the news on TV.

At a meeting with Mehra on Monday afternoon, Shinde sought details of the communication sent to the family before the execution. The ministry has asked the jail authorities to hand over Guru's belongings to the family.

On the veil of secrecy over the execution, Shinde said, "Police investigations and intelligence operations cannot be done in the open. If that is done, the country will not run."

Asked about the allegedly "selective" execution and the alleged "political" motives behind it, the minister said: "In the cases of (the assassins of) Rajiv Gandhi and (Punjab) Chief Minister (Beant) Singh, the cases are still pending in Supreme Court. After rejection (of the mercy petitions) cases were filed in the Madras High Court and Supreme Court. These cases are still under consideration before the judiciary. Hence it (Afzal's case) is different from these cases."

"...The files were sent to the states concerned. There they (the convicts) went for appeal," Shinde said. "Afzal's execution was not a political decision but done according to rules."

Letter reaches family

TIHAR Letter finally reaches Afzal Guru's family in Valley, kin say it is as though he has been hanged all over again.

POSTMASTER says letter received on Sunday, but could not be delivered because post offices were shut.

NHRC CHAIRMAN says family free to approach panel; would be glad to ensure their rights.

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