How Afzal Guru's family embarrasses Manmohan Singh's Govt

Afzal Guru
New Delhi, Feb 13: Just a day after Centre's decision of allowing Afzal Guru's family to pay their prayer to his grave in Tihar jail, the family members seem to have embarrassed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led UPA government.

According to sources, the kin of the 2001 Parliament terror attack convict refused to accept the offer to come to Delhi where they could pray in front of Guru's grave inside Tihar jail premise. However, Guru's family claimed that Guru's body should be handed over to them.

Clarifying their stand, Guru's brother and cousin were quoted as saying, "...let it tell us where to collect the body. We will bear all expenses. As for praying... we can do that anywhere."

Home Secretary RK Singh earlier on Tuesday, Feb 12 had claimed that Guru's family would be allowed to visit Tihar jail for the last prayer and his belongings also would be handed over to them.

However, Singh refrained from giving any time-frame for such visit. Official sources informed that it would happen soon and the government would facilitate the visit of the family members of Guru to Tihar Jail complex.

Guru's counsel ND Pancholi and Nandita Haksar had asked Tihar jail authorities to hand over his body and personal belongings and allow them perform prayers at his grave in Tihar.

Reacting on the counsel's demand, Tihar spokesperson Sunil Gupta had stated that the jail manual stipulated that they could act on the requests only if they came from the immediate family and "not a lawyer".

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