Several injured in Kashmir protests following Afzal Guru’s hanging
Srinagar: Several people were injured on Saturday by security forces in Baramulla district of Indian-administered Kashmir when protesters thronged the streets against the execution of Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Bilal Ahmad Gojri was injured after a teargas shell hit him during protests at Azadgunj in Baramulla town and Firdous Ahmad was hit by a bullet in the arm at Doabgah in Sopore area, which is Guru’s hometown.
The two injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital where they are said to be stable.
People are moreover protesting in Handwara area of Kupwara district, official sources said.
Kashmiri separatist Guru was executed today over his alleged role in a deadly attack on parliament in New Delhi in 2001, an episode that brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
Mohammed Afzal Guru, a former fruit seller, was hanged at Tihar Jail on the outskirts of the capital after his final appeal for mercy was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.
He\'s only the second person to be executed in India in nearly a decade, AFP reported.
Guru’s family claimed that they were not informed approximately the execution or rejection of the mercy plea by the Indian president.
“We had no idea, we were woken up by people, received to know when things were being debated and posted on Facebook,” Guru’s cousin Yaseen told Hindustan Times.
“We have gotten no letter, no family member has been informed as opposed to what the government is claiming.
“His wife had appealed for mercy, she should have been informed that the plea has been rejected. We received to know approximately that from the national television in the morning,” he added.
India, on the other hand, had maintained that Guru’s family was informed approximately his execution by the Tihar authorities and the Jammu and Kashmir government was taken into confidence before his hanging.
Guru is survived by his two brothers, wife Tabasum and son Galib.
Source – Thenewstribe