Srinagar: India’s former Home Secretary RK Singh on Monday dismissed National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s charges that he facilitated the secret hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru as “non-sense”.
Singh said Farooq’s son and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were aware about the hanging.
“Farooq should talk to his son, Prime Minister, and Union Home Minister,” Singh was quoted as saying by a Srinagar-based news agency GNS.
Questioning Farooq’s silence when Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013, Singh said, “Where was Farooq Abdullah at that time? Why did he keep mum after the hanging? He should not speak non-sense.”
Blaming Singh, who has now joined BJP, Farooq on Sunday claimed that they were kept in the dark over hanging of Guru. He said neither he nor Ghulam Nabi Azad were consulted when the decision to hang Guru was taken.
“I and Azad Sahab also complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not informing us about Afzal Guru’s hanging,” Farooq had said, adding that he would have “filed a chargesheet against Singh for facilitating Guru’s hanging as he was the Home Secretary.”
Singh, speaking to another Srinagar-based news agency CNS, said that it is the habit of Farooq Abdullah to talk without any reason. “I advise him to talk to his son Omar Abdullah if he is so interested in Afzal Guru’s execution, and his son would tell him whether he was informed or not,” Singh said.
Singh added that he is “dead sure that if Farooq would consult his son then he would never on earth talk about this execution in future. My simple submission to him to seek details from his son Omar Abdullah and if he would do it, rather I should say his son would have already informed him, he would never talk about Guru and would never raise finger on me.”
“It is really astonishing that despite knowing the fact Farooq Abdullah talks something which one can’t digest. It is not new for Farooq Abdullah to accuse anyone, as he is habitual of talking in (the) air without knowing the facts,” Singh added.