‘Centre unlikely to return Afzal Guru’s body’

New Delhi, Feb 18: Government is likely to turn down the request of family of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged and buried in Tihar jail, for handing over his body.
A senior Home Ministry official said a final decision in this regard will be taken soon and the Jammu and Kashmir government will be informed about it.
The state government had forwarded a letter sent by Afzal’s wife Tabasum to Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla in North Kashmir demanding handing over of his body.
The Home Ministry official said Afzal was buried inside Tihar jail complex in line with the prison manual and the government has no plans to hand over the body considering various aspects, including the law and order situation in the state.
Various outfits including main opposition party in the state PDP and separatist groups have been demanding handing over the body of Afzal, who was hanged on February 9 after his conviction in the 2001 Parliament attack case.
The Kashmir valley was agog with rumours yesterday that Afzal’s body had arrived and was being buried in the cover of darkness. The news spread like a wild fire through social networking sites.
Afzal was buried inside the Tihar jail alongside Kashmiri separatist leader Maqbool Bhat, who was also interred in the jail complex after his hanging in 1984.
The mortal remains of Bhat were not handed over to his family.
The government of India has said it will allow close relatives to visit Afzal’s grave, an offer rejected by the family saying they want nothing but his body.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said it was the Home Ministry to decide whether Afzal Guru's body should be handed over to his family.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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