Afzal's relatives receive letter 2 days post hanging

Missive was sent 32 hours before execution

Afzal's relatives receive letter 2 days post hanging

 The Union Home Minister and the Home Secretary’s public statement that Kashmir-based family of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, hanged in Tihar jail on Saturday, was informed at the “right time” about the decision stands exposed as the government dispatched the courier only 32 hours before the hanging.

The government courier – Speed Post – officially claims that it delivers mails to metros in 24 hours, but Doabgah village in the Sopore area of Baramullah district where Guru’s family resides does not fall even on the map of a district that offers efficient postal services.

According to the official website of India Post, a speed post from the national capital to any part of the country other than metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai Hyderabad and Bangalore will take four to six days.

The jail manual says the prisoner and his relatives will be informed about the date of execution by the jail Superintendent. However, the manual does not specify whether the intimation should be communicated before the actual execution. 

Why did the government take almost two days to dispatch the letter on February 8 at 12:07 am to Guru’s family when the letter (number F3/SCJ3/AS (W)/2013/189) was drafted by superintendent Tihar Central Jail No 3 on February 6 to inform Guru’s wife, Tabasum, about his hanging.

While Shinde explained that the letter was dispatched on February 7 night, it was delivered to Tabasum on February 11 at 11:03 am at her Sopore residence – which was two days after he was hanged.

The letter reads: “The mercy petition of convict Sh Mohd Afjal Guru S/o Habibillah has been rejected by Hon’ble President of India. Hence the execution of Mohd Afjal Guru S/o Habibillah has been fixed for 9/2/2013 at 8:00  am in Central jail No 3. This is for your information and necessary action.”

The website of postal department shows status of track number (ED828032795IN) of the speed post letter sent to Tabasum as dispatched to Srinagar from Palam airport at 10:29 am on February 8, but there is no mention where it was on February 9, the day Guru was hanged early morning.

Jammu and Kashmir chief post master general John Samuel claimed in Srinagar on Monday that the speed post was received on Saturday (February 9) evening. But the online track belies his claims.

The online track says the speed post was received in Srinagar on Sunday (February 10) at 1:03 PM. The speed post according to online track says it was dispatched to Baramulla on February 10 at 11:32 am and was received by Ms Tabasuam at 11:02 am which again is a mystery. How can be a speed post dispatched from Srinagar at 11:32 am on February 11 and reach half an hour before at 11:02 on the same day at the destination in Sopore which is 52 km from the state capital.

Interestingly John Samuel on Monday claimed that they received the speed post on Saturday (February 9) evening. “It was addressed to Tabassum. Sunday being a public holiday, the speed post has been delivered today,” he said.

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