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Cong distances from Tharoor’s Afzal tweet

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday stoked another controversy with his remark that Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging was “wrong and badly handled”. He wrote on twitter, “I think the hanging was both wrong & badly handled. Family should have been warned, given a last meeting & body returned.” Afzal Guru, who was handed a death penalty in the 2001 Parliament attack case, was hanged on February 9, 2013.

Tharoor’s comments come after five Congress MLAs in Jammu & Kashmir admitted in a signed statement that Afzal Guru’s hanging was a “mistake.” “The demand for clemency for Guru was justified and his mortal remains should be returned to his family. The decision to not allow his family members to meet him one last time was also a mistake,” the statement read.
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