Afzal Guru Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Sopore, Jammu And Kashmir Death Cause: Capital Punishment Age: 44 Years

Full Name Mohammad Afzal Guru
Known As The co-conspirator of the Indian Parliament attack – 2001
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 168 cm
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 6”
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth 30 June 1969 (Monday)
Birthplace Doabgah village in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir
Date of Death 9 February 2013
Place of Death Tihar Jail, Delhi [1]India Today
Age (at the time of death) 44 Years
Death Cause Died upon the gallows [2]India Today
Zodiac sign Cancer
Nationality Indian
Hometown Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir
School Attended a government school in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir
College/University Jhelum Valley Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir [3]
Educational Qualification • Completed only first year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery programme from Jhelum Valley Medical College [4]
• Pursued Bachelor of Arts degree (correspondence course) in Delhi [5]The Times of India
Religion/Religious Views After converting from Hinduism, Afzal Guru followed Islam. [6]The Indian Express According to Manoj Dwivedi, the Superintendent of Tihar Jail No. 03, Afzal disclosed during his imprisonment that his family belonged to the Brahmin caste of Hinduism; [7]The Indian Express however, they carried on with the surname ‘Guru.’ [8]The Indian Express
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death) Married
Marriage Date 1998 [9]The Times of India
Wife/Spouse Tabassum Guru

Children Son– Ghalib Guru

Daughter– None

Parents Father– Habibullah Guru (deceased) (engaged in transport and timber business) [10]The Indian Express
Mother– Ayesha Begum
Siblings Brother– Aijaz Guru (elder), Hilal Ahmed
Sister– None

Some Lesser Known Facts About Afzal Guru

  • Afzal Guru, the co-conspirator of the Indian Parliament attack, was a college dropout and a surrendered militant. [11]Outlook
  • He belonged to a converted Muslim family. [12]The Indian Express
  • He was a devotee of the Persian Islamic poet Rumi and Muhammad Iqbal, a South Asian Muslim writer and poet.  [13]The Quint
  • He was the admirer of Madhubala, one of the most successful and famous Bollywood actresses of her era. [14]Newslaundry
    A poster of actress Madhubala on the wall in the background of Afzal Guru
  • According to some media outlets, he worked as a commission agent for surgical equipment after returning to Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, [15]The Times of India and became more familiar with Delhi because of his business trips. [16]The Times of India
  • Afzal married his ten years younger cousin, Tabassum. [17]Newslaundry
  • According to Tabassum, she didn’t confront Afzal about his involvement in the attack even after being aware of it. In an interview, while talking about suspecting Afzal’s connection to the attack, Tabassum said,
    I won’t lie. I suspected, but I never checked, asked or stopped him. I agree, he was not fully innocent, but did he really deserve the death sentence? What about those who actually shot those people? They walk away free?” [18]Newslaundry
  • According to the sources, Afzal Guru’s son, Ghalib, would often recite poems for his father during his imprisonment. [19]Young India Foundation
  • According to the Superintendent of Tihar Jail No. 03, Manoj Dwivedi, Afzal never read the Quran as a child, but he read it during the years of imprisonment spent inside Tihar Jail. [20]The Indian Express
  • According to the sources, Afzal Guru mentioned DSP Davinder Singh, then posted with Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operations Group at Humhama, in a letter written in 2004 to his lawyer Sushil Kumar as the person who tortured him to take one of the Pakistani nationals, identified as one of the terrorists behind the execution of the attack, Mohammad, to Delhi, arrange a flat for his stay, and buy him a car.
    DSP Davinder Singh
    While referring to the torture, Afzal wrote,
    Then they took me to Humhama STF camp where DSP Davinder Singh also tortured me. One of his torture inspectors as they called him Shanty Singh electrified me naked for 3 hours and made me drink water while giving electric shocks through telephone instruments. Ultimately I accepted to pay them Rs. 1000000 for which my family sold the gold of my wife. Even after this, they could manage only Rs. 80000. Then, they took the scooter too which was just 2-3 months old which I bought for Rs. 24000.”
  • The secret execution of Afzal was named “Operation Three Star.” [21]India Today
  • In an interview, Sunil Gupta, one of the jailers in Tihar Jail, revealed that Afzal started singing a song from the film ‘Badal’ (1966) after receiving information about his execution on the same day within two hours. [22]Mumbai Mirror Afzal sang,
    Apne liye jiye toh kya jiye, Tu ji ae dil Zaman eke liye (What is a point of life lived for ourselves, my heart lives for others)” [23]Mumbai Mirror

  •  Reportedly, in the last letter to his family, Afzal asked his family to feel proud of his demise as he believed to be fortunate enough to be chosen by God to sacrifice his soul to him. While thanking God for taking his soul and mentioning all the believers of God, Afzal wrote
    [My] Respected family members and the Believers [of Allah]. May Allah’s blessings be upon you all. A hundred thousand gratitudes to Allah that He chose me for this stature. Also my greetings to all Believers [of Allah] that we all remained on the side of the truth and the right. May we all be on this path [of righteousness] and die for the truth and the right. This is my request to the members of my family that they should all respect the stature I have attained [by my execution] rather than nourishing a sense of loss and repentance on my death. May Allah be the saviour and the protector for all of you.” [24]The Hindu
  • On 3 February 2013, then-President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Afzal’s mercy petition; [25]The Hindu however, Afzal’s cousin, Yaseen Ahmed, claimed that the family was unaware of the rejection of Afzal’s mercy petition. [26]NDTV – YouTube
  • According to the sources, Afzal was the first prisoner to be hanged after the execution of ‘Satwant’ and ‘Kehar,’ held in 1989 in Tihar Jail, New Delhi, the murderers of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. [27]The Tribune
  • Reportedly, Afzal’s family claimed the body of Afzal; however, the Central government rejected the request to avoid any kind of disturbance in the country as per the policy of keeping possession of the executed prisoner’s body in case of any kind of chances of violence in the country occurred due to the funeral of the deceased. According to the media reports, Afzal’s family wrote a letter requesting to hand over the body for performing last rites. [28]NDTV The letter read,
    We are writing to you to please permit the family members to give Afzal Guru proper dignified last rites in accordance with the religious traditions…If you could inform us when the family members can perform the ‘Namaaz-e-Janaza’, we would appreciate it.” [29]NDTV
  • According to the sources, to honour the soul of the deceased, an empty grave for Afzal Guru was dug in Srinagar’s Iddgah. [30]The Hindu The stone on the grave consisted of some engraved words which read,
    The martyr of the nation, Mohammad Afzal Guru, Date of Martyrdom: 9th February 2013 Saturday, whose mortal remains are lying in the custody of the Government of India. The nation is awaiting its return.” [31]The Hindu
    The tombstone of Afzal Guru placed adjacent to Maqbool Bhat’s (the founder of JKLF) in the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Srinagar
  • Srinagar often experiences a complete shutdown and protests on the death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
  • Reportedly, Afzal’s pieces of writings were published in a 94-page book titled ‘Ahle Imaan Ke Naam Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru Ka Aakhri Paigam,’ which consisted of the letters written by Afzal Guru during his imprisonment in the high-security jail in New Delhi, [32]NDTV and a 240-page book titled ‘Aaina (Mirror),’ purportedly written by Afzal, and published by the Jaish-e-Mohammad group in December 2013. [33]The Indian Express It was also claimed that the book ‘Aaina (Mirror)’ consisted of a letter written to Masood Azhar which read that Afzal had completed this book in 2010, but he was not able to publish it. [34]The Indian Express
    Cover page (left) of the book ‘Aaina’ and a page (right) ostensibly containing Afzal’s writings
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↑1, ↑2 India Today
↑3, ↑4
↑5, ↑9, ↑15, ↑16 The Times of India
↑6, ↑7, ↑8, ↑12, ↑20 The Indian Express
↑10 The Indian Express
↑11 Outlook
↑13 The Quint
↑14, ↑17, ↑18 Newslaundry
↑19 Young India Foundation
↑21 India Today
↑22, ↑23 Mumbai Mirror
↑24 The Hindu
↑25 The Hindu
↑26 NDTV – YouTube
↑27 The Tribune
↑28, ↑29 NDTV
↑30, ↑31 The Hindu
↑32 NDTV
↑33, ↑34 The Indian Express