How can human rights be for terrorists, asks Subramanian Swamy, slams Shashi Tharoor's Afzal Guru comment

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy lambasted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his statement that Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging was "wrong and badly" handled.

Updated: Feb 10, 2015, 00:33 AM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy lambasted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his statement that Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging was "wrong and badly" handled.

"How can human rights be for terrorists?", Swamy told ANI while reacting to Tharoor's tweet.

"Who says terrorists should be given chance to meet their family before capital punishments?" he added.

Tharoor, Congress MP from Kerala, today wrote on Twitter account: "I think the hanging was both wrong &badly handled. Family should have been warned, given a last meeting & body returned (sic)."

Notably, Guru was hanged by the then Congress-led government on February 9, 2013 inside Tihar Jail in Delhi.

Tharoor's statement comes after five Jammu and Kashmir lawmakers called Guru's hanging a 'mistake'. The Congress MLAs have given a written undertaking admitting that not allowing his family to meet Guru was a mistake.

Meanwhile, several separatists leaders were detained or put under house arrest and prohibitory orders clamped in Srinagar in the wake of protests called by them on the second anniversary of execution of Afzal Guru today.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari and Nowhatta police station areas in the old city and Maisuma police station area in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

Life in rest of Kashmir valley was also affected as separatist groups here called for a strike today and on February 11 on the anniversaries of hanging of Guru and JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat respectively.