Afzal's hanging was wrong and badly mishandled: Tharoor

Afzal's hanging was wrong and badly mishandled: Tharoor

Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013 inside Tihar Jail. Tharoor''s statement comes after five Jammu and Kashmir lawmakers from Congress called Guru''s hanging a ''mistake''.

Two years after Afzal Guru’s hanging during the UPA-II tenure, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Monday said the hanging was both wrong and badly handled.

“I think the hanging was both wrong & badly handled. Family should have been warned, given a last meeting & body returned,” Tharoor said on Twitter responding to a remark on the issue.

Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013 inside Tihar Jail. Tharoor’s statement comes after five Jammu and Kashmir lawmakers from Congress called Guru’s hanging a ‘mistake’.

The Congress MLAs, a fortnight back, had said in a statement that not allowing his family to meet Guru was a mistake. The media reported that this was done apparently to secure the last vote to secure a Rajya Sabha seat for senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of Parliament.

Opposition PDP in Jammu and Kashmir has slammed Congress for making a "U turn" on Guru hanging issue.

CONGRESS DISTANCES ITSELF

Congress distanced itself from Tharoor’s remarks.

“Due process of law was followed. Supreme Court convicted him and the execution was the culmination of the judicial process. In no way, any law was contravened,” party spokesman Ajoy Kumar said.

“Government was not involved… Government had no option but to execute the court order. Individuals may have different positions,” he told reporters.