Srinagar: The chief postmaster of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday said that the speed post, containing the letter from Tihar jail on Afzal Guru's execution meant for his family, had been received on Saturday afternoon but was not delivered because of curfew.
"We received the letter on Saturday afternoon. But because it was Saturday, and also there was curfew, we could not deliver it. However, today, we made it a point to deliver it as soon as possible," John Samuels said.
The speed post was delivered to Afzal Guru's family at 11.00 am on Monday, two days after the Parliament attack convict was hanged. After his execution, a debate had raged as his family rubbished the government's claims that they had been informed of the execution in advance. The family claimed that they got to know of Afzal's execution only through television.
The Centre, however, maintained that the letter had been sent from Tihar jail through Speed Post. "They (Tihar jail authorities) intimated the family through Speed Post, registered post and the DG (Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police) has been told to check with the family whether they got it or not," Union Home Secretary RK Singh had said. Singh also said the J&K government has been taken into confidence before Guru's hanging early on Saturday.
Below is an image of the letter from Tihar jail