The Communist Party of India (CPI) said the manner in which Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged was in gross violation of the rule of law and of human rights.

This episode strengthened the feeling of injustice among the people who were also not satisfied with the court verdict. This also resulted in a sense of alienation among the people of the Kashmir Valley, a statement issued by the CPI said here on Monday.

The secretive hanging of Afzal Guru and certain irregularities in the judicial process expectedly created controversy. Quoting media reports that the authorities did not wait for completion of the judicial process after rejection of Afzal Guru’s mercy petition that includes the right to a fresh review petition, the party said it was a gross violation of the rule of law.

“Similarly, the authorities took the comical position of informing the victim’s family by Speed Post. Obviously it was done in a calculated manner so that the victim and his family could be denied the legal provision of a last meeting before the hanging,” the CPI has said, while impressing upon the government the need to take urgent corrective measures and follow the rule of law on performance of his last rites.

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