Srinagar: With Supreme Court commuting Khalistani militant Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s death sentence to life term, the NC and PDP Monday raked up the execution of Afzal Guru, saying the verdict will keep reminding Kashmir of the “miscarriage of justice” in the Parliament attack case.
Ruling National Conference said the SC’s order for Bhullar highlighted “discrimination somewhere in the system” that made the Government of India “expedite” the death sentence of Guru without him being afforded “adequate opportunities and provisions to appeal for mercy”.
“While we do not resent, nor oppose the relief provided to Bhullar, we cannot help but wonder why this could not be done in Guru’s case. Both the legal process that led to the execution of Guru as well as the manner of his execution raised a lot of questions about the objectivity and neutrality of our legal system,” NC spokesperson Junaid Mattu said in a statement here.
Reacting to the verdict, Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti said: “Such development as like the latest by the apex court or its earlier verdict on convicts who have been on death row has re-opened the wounds of Kashmiris.”
Mehbooba alleged that NC instead of representing the sentiments of the people of the state collaborated in the hanging of Guru in the most inhumane manner by even denying him a last customary meeting with his family.
“Such an approach will perpetuate the feeling of discrimination which makes the task of reconciliation even more difficult than it has always been because of the wrong policies followed by NC and its allies,” she said.
She said Guroo will keep “Kashmir reminding of the miscarriage of justice in the entire process leading him up to gallows.”
The SC commuted the death sentence of Bhullar, convicted in 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, to life term on the grounds of delay in deciding his mercy plea and his medical condition.