Indefinite curfew continues in Kashmir, Amnesty, HRW condemn Guru’s secret execution by India
Srinagar, February 10 : The authorities continue to impose indefinite strict curfew for the second consecutive day, today, in Kashmir to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the hanging of Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Afzal Guru.
Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, yesterday, in Indian Parliament attack case and was buried in the premises of the prison.
Despite curfew, people had taken to streets in the occupied territory, yesterday, after news spread about the hanging of Guru. 30 people were injured when Indian police resorted to brute force on demonstrators in Sopore, the hometown of Guru, and Baramulla.
In London, Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the secret execution of Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Afzal Guru, at New Delhi’s Tihar jail.Shashikumar Velath, Programmes Director of Amnesty International India, in a statement issued in London said, “The execution of Guru indicates a disturbing and regressive trend towards executions shrouded in secrecy and the resumption of death penalty use in India.”
“We condemn the execution in the strongest possible terms. This very regrettably puts India in opposition to the global trends towards moving away from the death penalty,” he added.
“Serious questions have been raised about the fairness of Afzal Guru’s trial. He did not receive legal representation of his choice or a lawyer with adequate experience at the trial stage. These concerns were not addressed,” said Shashikumar.
He said that in the past, Indian authorities used to make information about the rejection of mercy petitions and dates of execution available to the public prior to any executions. “The new practice of carrying out executions in secret is highly disturbing,” the AI official said.
The Amnesty said that it was not clear whether Afzal Guru was given the opportunity to seek a judicial review of the decision to reject his mercy petition – a practice that had been followed in other cases. “According to initial reports from Kashmir, Afzal Guru’s family in Kashmir say they were not informed of his imminent execution, in violation of international standards on the use of the death penalty. The body was also not returned to the family for last rites and burial, in violation of international standards,” the Amnesty added.
Meanwhile, South Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly, in a statement said that the hanging of Afzal Guru showed a very worrying trend by the Indian government. news agencies