Sopore: On the eve of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s death anniversary, his widow Tabasum Guru has accused Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of playing politics over the dead body of his husband.
She said when Mehbooba was in opposition, she used to raise hue and cry and castigate the State as well as the Government of India for not handing over the mortal remains of Afzal to his family.
Tabasum added that Mehbooba was vocal while in opposition but has turned numb in power.
“That time she was in Opposition but what has happened to her now when she is in power. Leave aside the returning of the dead body of my husband, at least she should have the courtesy to urge upon New Delhi to return the articles including the glasses and other things of Afzal to the family,” she told CNS.
“Omar Abdullah when in power didn’t do anything but what about Mehbooba Mufti who is right now in power. Why is she silent now?” Tabasum questioned.
She alleged that the posters of her slain husband that had been pasted across Sopore town were torn apart by government forces. “You didn’t return the body of my husband, at least allow us to commemorate his martyrdom anniversary,” Tabasum said.
Meanwhile, ahead of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat’s death anniversaries, security has been beefed up in the northern part of Kashmir.
Check points by police and army have been raised at various places in Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara and Kupwara areas. Frisking of commuters and vehicles has been started at various places. Even some roads in Sopore have been closed by raising wires and barricades by government forces.
(With inputs from CNS)