Srinagar: The speed post sent by Tihar Jail superintendent to Afzal Guru's family in Kashmir Valley's Sopore town was delivered on Monday, two days after he was hanged in the national capital.

The letter reached postal authorities on Saturday evening, several hours after he was executed. "A speed post letter has been delivered to us by postal authorities on Monday. Tihar Jail authorities have sent this speed post to Afzal's family," Afzal Guru's cousin Yaseen told journalists in Daibgah (Jageer) village near Sopore town.

Senior postal officials in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital said the speed post was received on Saturday evening - Afzal Guru was executed at 8 AM on Saturday - but delivered on Monday as Sunday was a public holiday.

"We received the speed post by air on Saturday evening. It was addressed to Tabassum Guru (his wife). Sunday being a public holiday, the speed post has been delivered on Monday," John Samuel, chief post master general (Jammu and Kashmir), told journalists.

Afzal Guru, hanged for his role in the 2001 attack on parliament, last met his Tabassum and son Ghalib in August 2012. His family has said they heard the news of his execution from a television channel as they had received no communication from jail authorities about the hanging.

Home Secretary RK Singh said on Saturday: "The family was informed earlier. I checked from the jail authorities and they informed me that two letters had been sent by speed post.

(Agencies)

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