Hanging of Afzal Guru is a grave violation of International human rights charter- AFDR
Ludhiana: Association for Democratic Rights –AFDR ( Punjab) held a protest march against the hanging of Kashmiri youth Afzal Guru on 16th February, in which leading democratic activists from different districts participated. The speakers alleged that Afzal Guru was implicated in Parliament attack case under a well thought out conspiracy. Extensive coverage given to his ‘confessional’ statement extracted with inhuman torture in police custody in the media , was a ploy to execute him. Neither he was provided with legal aid to defend his case in the court, nor was given chance to move for judicial review for reducing his death sentence after the president had rejected his mercy petition. The questions raised by Afzal Guru regarding the role of S. T. F working under the patronage of MHA, in this case have still not been answered. Without providing any solid evidence and relying on totally illogical argument of “satisfaction of collective sentiments of the nation” , he was hanged surreptitiously just for being a Muslim and Kashmiri . The speakers emphasized that hanging of Afzal Guru is grave violation of the International human rights charter. Use of the statements extracted from Afzal in police custody, as an evidence to execute him is violation of judicial norms and is unjust practice and after rejection of his mercy petition by the president on Sunday, the govt seemed to be in hurry to execute him without justifying his involvement in the attack on Indian parliament.The speakers added that by not informing his relatives about his execution and then not handing over his dead body to them is outright inhuman behavior of Indian rulers. All the speakers condemned the suppression of voice of Kashmiris through imposition of curfew in Kashmir valley and gaging the media. Actually Indian state, not being a democracy is working like a machine for taking lives of its own citizens. Terming it a very uncivilized sentence, the speakers demanded the constitutional abolition of capital punishment and decried the outrageous activities of bajrang dal rogues in connivance with police, against the Kashmiri girls and other activists protesting against the hanging of Afzal Guru at Delhi and blackening the face of renowned activist Gautam Navlakha and demanded that strict action be taken against such fascist elements and police officials protecting them.
The protest march was addressed by the General secratery, Prof Jagmohan singh, distt president Prof. A K Maleri, state press secretary Buta Singh, organizing secretary Narbhinder Singh, and Pritpal Singh. At the occasion Mr Abhai singh writer, master Tarsem lal, Namdev Bhutal, Darshan singh Moga, Dr Tejpal, Gurpreet Kaur and many other district leaders and activists were present.
Buta Singh, Press Secretary, A F D R ( Punjab)