Baramulla: The execution of Yakub Memon in a jail in Nagpur has refreshed the wounds of the family of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged and secretly buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in February 2013.
“We felt the pain of Afzal’s cold blooded murder again. In Yakub, I felt as if my brother was again being hanged,” Afzal’s younger brother Ajaz Ahmad Guru told Kashmir Reader on Thursday.
Ajaz said that while hundreds of people have been handed capital punishment by the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India, the government was handpicking Muslims for the gallows. “Even Afzal was killed because of being a Muslim and a Kashmiri. For India, every Kashmiri is a terrorist,” Ajaz said, adding, “Why doesn’t the government hang Col Purohit, Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi, Sadhvi Pragya and other Hindu fanatics who triggered bomb blasts killing scores of Muslims?”
Ajaz also lashed out at the government for “double standards” and rank “injustice”. “Yakub’s body has been handed to his family after an unjust execution, but the mortal remains of my brother have not been returned,” he said. He also slammed the pro-freedom camp, including the Hurriyat Conference, for failing to keep their promise of getting Afzal’s mortal remains to his homeland. “The leaders who promised us Afzal’s mortal remains have forgotten us. However, we have faith in Allah. He will do justice to us,” he added.
Meanwhile, sources said that when Yakub was hanged a large number of people, including neighbours and relatives, reached Afzal’s home to pay tributes. Wasim Ahmad, a local, said “When we switched on the TV we saw every channel was displaying video clips of Yakub and everyone in the area was weeping. We remembered the day when Afzal was hanged and the state government blocked mobile signals here at that time. The Indian media said the government killed a terrorist but everyone knows that Afzal was innocent and was not involved in any terrorist attack”.
Wasim also said a large number of people assembled in local mosques on Thursday and paid rich tributes to Afzal and Yakub. Abdul Ahad, a relative of Mohammad Afzal Guru, said that Afzal was killed illegally in a fake case by Indian politicians, “but we feel he is alive and living in our hearts”.