JAMMU: There was an uproar in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Tuesday as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demanded that the mortal remains of Afzal Guru be brought back to the state.
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail Feb 9.
The demand came up in the assembly after Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday ruled out handing over Afzal Guru’s body to his family.
J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah and his arch rival, PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh listing this demand.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) rose to counter the PDP and the resulting ruckus compelled Speaker Mubarak Gul to adjourn the house twice.
When the house assembled for the third time, members stood on tables after law minister Mir Saif Ullah addressed Guru as “Afzal Guru sahib”. This enraged the BJP and JKNPP and their members started shouting slogans. The speaker then adjourned the house till 3pm.
For Kashmir-based parties, the return of Afzal Guru’s body to his family has become an issue, while Jammu-based parties are opposing the demand.