Hometown: Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir
Cause of Death: Capital Punishment
Age: 44 Years
Some lesser known facts about Afzal Guru
- Afzal Guru, a co-conspirator of the Indian Parliament attack, was a college dropout and a surrendered terrorist.
- He belonged to a converted Muslim family.
- He was a devotee of the Persian Islamic poet Rumi and the South Asian Muslim writer and poet Muhammad Iqbal.
- He was a fan of Madhubala, one of the most successful and famous Bollywood actresses of her era.
- According to some media outlets, he worked as a commission agent for surgical instruments after returning to Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree, and became more familiar with Delhi due to his business trips.
- Afzal married his ten years younger cousin Tabassum.
- According to Tabassum, even after knowing about this, he did not talk to Afzal about his involvement in the attack. In an interview, while talking about doubting Afzal’s connection to the attack, Tabassum said,
I will not lie. I was suspicious, but I never checked, asked or stopped him. I agree, he was not completely innocent, but did he really deserve the death penalty? What about the people who actually shot those people? Are they running free?”
- According to sources, Ghalib, son of Afzal Guru, often recited poems for his father during his imprisonment.
- According to Manoj Dwivedi, Superintendent of Tihar Jail No. 03, Afzal never read the Quran as a child, but he did read it during the years he spent inside Tihar Jail.
- Afzal’s secret execution was named “Operation Three Star”.
- In an interview, Sunil Gupta, one of the jailers in Tihar Jail, revealed that Afzal started singing a song from the film ‘Badal’ (1966) within two hours after receiving information about the hanging on the same day. Afzal sang,
If you live for yourself, what do you live for, you live for one heart.
- Reportedly, in the last letter to his family, Afzal asked his family to feel proud of his passing as he feels that he is lucky that God chose him to sacrifice his soul. Afzal wrote thanking God for taking his soul and mentoring all the believers of God
[My] Respected family members and confidants [of Allah], May the blessings of Allah be upon you all. A million thanks to Allah that he chose me for this stature. Also my greetings to all the believers [of Allah] That we all be on the side of truth and right. May we all be on this path [of righteousness] And die for truth and authority. I request my family members to respect the stature I have attained [by my execution] Instead of nurturing a sense of loss and remorse over my death. May Allah be your savior and protector of all.”
- On 3 February 2013, then President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Afzal’s mercy petition; However, Afzal’s cousin Yasin Ahmed claimed that the family was unaware of Afzal’s mercy petition being rejected.
- According to sources, Afzal was the first prisoner to be hanged after the executions of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s killers, ‘Satwant’ and ‘Kehar’, which took place in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1989.
- Reportedly, Afzal’s family claimed Afzal’s body; However, the Central Government rejected the request to avoid any disturbance in the country due to the policy of keeping the body of the executed prisoner in custody due to the last rites of the deceased in case of possibility of any kind of violence in the country. According to. According to media reports, Afzal’s family had written a letter requesting him to hand over the body for the last rites. read the letter,
We are writing to you to kindly allow the family members to give proper respectful last rites to Afzal Guru as per religious traditions… If so, we would appreciate it. ,
- According to sources, the empty grave of Afzal Guru was dug at Idgah in Srinagar to pay respect to the soul of the deceased. The stone on the tomb had some engraved words that read,
Martyr of the Nation, Mohammad Afzal Guru, Date of Martyrdom: 9 February 2013 Saturday, whose body is lying in the custody of the Government of India. The country awaits its return.”
- There are frequent complete shutdowns and protests in Srinagar on the death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
- Reportedly, fragments of Afzal’s writings were published in a 94-page book titled ‘Ahle Iman Ke Naam Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru Ka Aakhri Paigam’, which contains letters written by Afzal Guru while imprisoned in a high-security prison in New Delhi. were involved. , and a 240-page book titled ‘Aaina (Mirror)’, purportedly written by Afzal, and published by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group in December 2013. It was also claimed that the book ‘Aaina (Mirror)’ contains one. Letter to Masood Azhar in which it was written that Afzal had completed this book in 2010, but he could not publish it.