Family to visit Guru’s grave in Tihar Jail

Home Secretary R K Singh has allowed the family members of Afzal Guru to visit his grave. Guru, who was involved in the 2001 Parliament attack case, was hanged to death last week. He has been buried inside Tihar jail in New Delhi.

“We have no problem if immediate family of Afzal Guru wants to come and offer prayers at his grave in Tihar jail,” Singh said.

The Tihar jail authorities are yet to finalize the possible date for Guru’s family to visit the grave. Guru’s belongings in Tihar jail will also be handed over to his relatives.

“Belongings of Afzal will be returned to the family,” Singh said.

Earlier, the family had protested against receiving Guru’s speed post after his execution. The authorities claim the speed post went through an officially recognized path while following the legitimate protocol. Guru sent a message to his family at midnight on February 7 and was executed two days later.

“We received the letter on Saturday afternoon. But because it was Saturday, and also there was curfew, we could not deliver it. However,

today, we made it a point to deliver it as soon as possible,” postmaster John Samuels told the media.

Human rights activists and political parties showed discontent over the matter. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also voiced his party’s opposition on the execution. On the other hand, the UPA government is making evident efforts to keep the situation under control.

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