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OF AFZAL GURU
On 13 December 2001, the Indian Parliament was
attacked by a few heavily armed men. Eleven years later, we still do
not know who was behind the attack, nor the identity of the attackers.
Both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India have noted
that the police violated legal safeguards, fabricated evidence and
extracted false confessions. Yet, on 9 February 2013, one man,
Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged to ‘satisfy’ the ‘collective
conscience’ of society.
This updated reader brings together essays by lawyers, academics,
journalists and writers who have looked closely at the available facts
and who have raised serious questions about the investigations and the
trial. This new version examines the implications of Mohammad Afzal
Guru’s hanging, and what it says about the Indian government’s
relationship with Kashmir. The writers show how there is hardly a
single piece of evidence that stands up to scrutiny and emphasize the
urgent need for an impartial, transparent inquiry into the Parliament
attack and its aftermath.