Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has called Afzal Guru’s hanging a “blot on democratic ethos” and urged the Centre to hand over his mortal remains to the bereaved family as soon as possible.

“The process of execution of Guru is indecent and the act has left bare the mindset at New Delhi that could not hold basic decency of a democratic set-up and legal requirements in dealing with an issue full of serious political ramifications for Jammu and Kashmir,” the Jammu and Kashmir State secretary of CPI(M) said in a statement.

Afzal Guru’s execution, according to Mr. Tarigami, had exposed New Delhi’s continued policy of denial of justice to Kashmiris. “There is a general grouse among the people of Jammu and Kashmir that the central government has always treated them differently at all levels of legal nitty-gritties. The way execution of Guru was carried out has vindicated the apprehensions of people.”

“It is also unfortunate that the family of Guru was not informed prior to his execution well in time and burial which was carried out in a hush-hush manner,” Mr. Tarigami said while demanding that the mortal remains be returned to the family for his last rites. “In principle, we stand against the capital punishment and it has been our consistent demand to commute death sentence of Guru into life imprisonment,” Mr. Tarigami said. “We apprehend the execution may encourage tendencies not supportive to the peace process cultivated after huge efforts and the investment.”

“The act taken in haste is bound to increase alienation among Kashmiris especially that of its younger generation and leadership of the country must revisit its Kashmir policy and the focus must be reduction in alienation among people. The episode, has further added to the already considerable trust deficit between the state and rest of the country, which we hope would be realized by all shades of opinion in the country to apply a course correction in its approach to Jammu and Kashmir,” the CPI(M) leader added.