Family of Afzal Guru demands handing over of body

Family of Afzal Guru demands handing over of body

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Militant Afzal Guru was hung in India for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack. The Centre had taken the decision to hand over the belongings of Guru to his family members, but the family said that they will visit Tihar only when the government agrees to hand over the militants body to them.

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Mohammed Yasin, a cousin of Guru said, “They are mixing the two things, we don't understand what they mean. We can pray even from here. We want the body to be handed back, nothing less than that”. The Indian Home secretary RK Singh in Delhi said that Guru's family would be allowed to visit his grave inside Tihar jail. Singh also said that all the belongings left behind by Afzal will be handed over to his family members.

Yasin went on to say that handing over a person's belongings is different from handing over their body. A cousin of Guru also stated that they did not want any money from the government, but they just wanted Afzal’s body back. In regards to  Afzal’s belongings, Yasin said that they were a real treasure now and that his belongings include writing material, religious books and a radio set.

Yasin added that they have written a letter to the authorities of Tihar jail and also the Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla to release his body.

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