Hung militant Afzal Guru’s family has rejected the offer from the Indian government to visit Tihar jail, so that the could offer prayers at his grave. The militants family had requested the government to send over his body to them after he was hung on February 9, 2013.

Afzal Guru

Earlier, the Indian Home Secretary RK Singh announced that the personal belongings of Afzal will be returned to his family. However, Afzal’s cousin Mohammed Yasin said that if the Indian government wants to be kind to them then they must return his body. He went on to say that they would bear all the necessary expenses and that they could pray from anywhere.

Earlier, Guru's counsel consisting of ND Pancholi and Nandita Haskar had asked the jail authorities (on behalf of the family) to hand over Afzal’s body along with his belongings and to allow them to offer prayers at his grave at Tihar Jail. Later, on February 12, 2013 a second letter was written to the jail authorities at Tihar, insisting to the requests.

Sunil Gupta, the spokesperson from Tihar said that they could act on these requests only if they came from the immediate family members and not from any lawyers. Pancholi explained that the family could have come to Delhi immediately, but could not do so due to strict curfew and other restrictions in movements.