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‘Son still believes Afzal Guru is alive’

Tabassum Guru with son Ghalib, last year. Archive Tabassum Guru with son Ghalib, last year. Archive
Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Posted: February 5, 2014 1:23 am

A year after he was hanged in Tihar Jail, Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s wife said their son still believes that his father may be alive. 

Tabassum Guru claimed that New Delhi’s refusal to return his remains is the reason for her son Ghalib’s false hope.

“He still thinks that Afzal may be alive and kept hidden in some jail,” Tabassum told The Indian Express.

On the death anniversary of her husband, Tabassum vowed to fight. “I will fight for his remains till I am alive,” she said. “I have no expectations from anyone. My son and I will do it ourselves”.

On February 9, Afzal was hanged inside Tihar jail for his alleged role in December 2001 Parliament attack. Tabassum’s son Ghalib is now in Class IX. Ghalib was two years old when Afzal was arrested in New Delhi. He had seen his father for the last time in August 2012.

Terming Afzal’s hanging, a political stunt by the Congress, Tabassum said her husband was “sacrificed” for the electoral gains by the party.

Tabassum, who works at a private hospital in Sopore, said while she had no expectations from New Delhi and the state government, the separatist too had failed her. “If the separatists would have called for protests on the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, my husband’s turn would not have come,” she said. She also said that if the separatists would have continued the shutdown after Afzal’s hanging, the government would have been forced to return his remains.

Tabassum alleged that there was a conspiracy in the timing of the Supreme Court judgment that delay in execution is a ground for commutation of death sentence. She said her husband was hanged flouting all the laws, “He was number 21 on the death row but was hanged before others.”

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