'Afzal's Hanging to Increase Alienation Among Kashmiris'
Lashing out at the Centre for failing to heed the sensitivities of the people of J&K while ordering the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, CPI(M) today said that his execution was bound to increase the alienation of Kashmiris, particularly the younger generations.

"The act (hanging of Guru) is bound to increase the alienation among Kashmiris, especially of the younger generation," CPI(M) state secretary, M Y Tarigami said.

"I express serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation that has emerged after the execution of Guru," he told reporters here, adding that "the decision has been taken in haste and keeping narrow interests in mind."

"It is unfortunate that the family of Guru was not informed prior to his execution and burial," Tarigami said, demanding that the deceased's body be returned to his family for last rites.

"I appeal to all shades of opinion in the country to come together and reach out to the people of Kashmir if they really want to reduce the level of alienation," Tarigami said.

The CPI(M) leader said it was their firm belief "that the alienation and anger is a breeding ground for extremism and terrorism. Any decision that can further increase the alienation is bound to prove counter-productive and will have long-term political ramifications".

Tarigami said that the state government must bear all the medical expenses for the treatment of those injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley.

"I appeal to authorities in J-K to direct security forces to not get provoked, enough is enough, we do not want a repeat of the 2010 summer unrest at any cost," he said, adding "we have suffered a lot. There should be no death and no more killings in the future... Any further casualties would have a ripple effect and the situation can turn into a major law and order problem".

Over claims that Guru's family was informed about his hanging, Tarigami said that "they (authorities) have not done justice to the family... Our justice system and authorities should not play tricks that they had informed the family through speed post, there are no takers for that".

Responding to a question about whether the Centre had played politics with the issue, Tarigami said, "it was politics.. To hang him so fast without any intimation. In my view, it becomes politics".
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