Afzal Guru’s hanging was ‘wrong, badly handled’: Shashi Tharoor

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In what can bring in huge embarrassment for the Congress, MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday opined that the hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was “wrong and badly” handled.

Tharoor, Congress MP from Kerala, wrote on Twitter account: “I think the hanging was both wrong &badly handled. Family should have been warned, given a last meeting & body returned.”

Notably, Guru was hanged by the then Congress-led government on February 9, 2013 inside Tihar Jail in Delhi.

Tharoor’s statement comes after five Jammu and Kashmir lawmakers called Guru’s hanging a ‘mistake’. The Congress MLAs have given a written undertaking admitting that not allowing his family to meet Guru was a mistake.

Meanwhile, several separatists leaders were detained or put under house arrest and prohibitory orders clamped in Srinagar in the wake of protests called by them on the second anniversary of execution of Afzal Guru.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari and Nowhatta police station areas in the old city and Maisuma police station area in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

Life in rest of Kashmir valley was also affected as separatist groups here called for a strike today and on February 11 on the anniversaries of hanging of Guru and JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat respectively.