Met PM for return of Afzal Guru's body: Omar Abdullah

Afzal Guru

The unfortunate event came at a time when you as Prime Minister and your distinguished predecessor Atal Behari Vajpayee had invested a great deal in a peace process that in spite of set backs had the potential of rewriting the destiny of South Asia, Mufti pointed out. It happened after people of the state had reposed their faith in democratic methods and processes even in the face of odds and their failure of the establishment to respond in a matching measure, he wrote, adding that the result is an uneasy, forcibly implemented calm and an internalized anger, ingredients for an unpredictable future, he added.

Pointing out that he was writing to him not to seek any concession for the state, but only suggesting a way out to restore to some extent the prestige lost by the country in the entire sequence of events around the hanging, he said that the return of Afzal Guru's remains to his family is the minimum that Government of India can do to apply some balm to a deep wound.

"Needless to mention the denial of a decent burial in accordance with the religious practices of the deceased has created anxiety within the community even outside the state in rest of the country,'' he wrote

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