A day after Yakub Memon was hanged and his body handed over to his family, opposition National Conference (NC) Friday demanded the return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru, saying such double standards highlighted the perceptions of discrimination among the people here.
“Guru’s family being deprived of his body was against the tenets of natural justice and undermined the constitutional principles of the country. The system cannot differentiate based on biased presumptions and politics and that such glaring double standards between Memon’s and Guru’s cases highlighted the perception of discrimination among the people of Kashmir,” NC Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said here.
He said the system of justice cannot have different interpretations for different people.
“How can you justify not handing over the body of Guru to his family when you handed over the body of Memon to his family? The system of justice cannot have different interpretations for different people. What justice is it to deprive a young child of the dead body of his father?,” he asked.
Ruhullah said NC working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah had written to the then Prime Minister of India demanding the return of Guru’s mortal remains and the party has repeatedly raised this demand even on the floor of the Legislative Assembly.
The NC chief spokesperson said the party would continue to raise the demand and would exhaust all possible options to pursue this cause of justice.