Tension in J&K: Why Shinde should return back Guru's body

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Srinagar, March 12: Why government of India is acting adamant and not handing over Afzal Guru's body to his family, as demanded by everyone in Jammu and Kashmir?

After government reiterated its stand that Guru's body won't be handed over to his family, Jammu and Kashmir is once again boiling. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday said "the body has been buried according to the jail manual and there was no way it could be handed over".

Curfew in Kashmir

Huge turmoil was witnessed at Jammu and Kashmir assembly over the issue on Tuesday, March 12. Media reports say members of PDP and BJP stormed into the well of the House and shouted slogans. They threw mikes and chairs in the well.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said that it was a shameful act on part of the central government.

"People are in a bad situation after Afzal Guru's hanging. Kashmir is in trouble. So we were looking forward that the government will return the body and help calm the situation, but both state and central governments have shown arrogance on this issue...The state government is hand in glove with the Centre on this. We will meet and decide the strategy to continue the protest," Mufti said.

Moreover, death toll due to protests in the state demanding handing over of Guru's body to family rose to five.

"Reyaz Ahmad Khanday succumbed to injuries at SKIMS Hospital here late last night after battling for life for three days," police spokesman said. He was injured in a stone-pelting incident in Anantnag district of Kashmir.

Several areas of Srinagar city observed a complete shutdown over the arrest of a youth allegedly involved in stone-pelting on Tuesday.

Afzal Guru, the main accused in the Parliament attack case of December 13, 2001 was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail on Saturday, Feb 9. He was a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist. However, the government carried out his hanging in utmost secrecy.

His body was buried within the premises of Tihar Jail.

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