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Family not told about Afzal hanging: Geelani

Family not told about Afzal hanging: Geelani

New Delhi: Delhi University lecturer S.A.R. Geelani, who was acquitted in the parliament attack case, said Saturday that Afzal Guru's family was not told about his hanging.

"Protocol was not followed. Even now the family has not been informed," Geelani said.

"I woke her (Afzal Guru's wife) up this morning at around 6.30-6.45 a.m. and informed her about rumours of the hanging. It was a shock to her. She was completely unaware and told me that none of the family members had been informed," Geelani told IANS.

Criticising the government, he said: "They have thrown everything to the winds. The whole thing is politically motivated. It is because of votebank politics. The government is playing to the galleries."

Asserting that the family had a right to meet him for the last time, he said: "The family should have been informed that the mercy petition was rejected. Because even the rejection is subject to judicial review."

"This is not democracy," Geelani said, adding that he along with some human rights activists were planning the next step to protest the hanging.

Geelani had been arrested for being involved in the Dec 13, 2001, attack on parliament. But he was acquitted by the Supreme Court in October 2003.

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