Centre tries to calm frayed nerves in J&K

Published: 13th February 2013 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2013 08:29 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre on Tuesday decided to allow the family of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged on Saturday, to pray at his burial place in Tihar Jail, but they insisted that they want his body returned.

Home Secretary R K Singh said in New Delhi that Afzal’s family will be allowed to visit his grave inside Tihar Jail in the capital. “We have no problem if immediate family of Afzal Guru wants to come and offer prayers at his grave in Tihar Jail,” he told reporters. In order to calm down the rising tempers in the Kashmir Valley, the Centre is also likely to airlift Afzal’s family to Delhi to allow them to perform special prayers at his grave in Tihar Jail. The possibility was being explored after the issue was discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by PM Manmohan Singh in Delhi late on Monday.


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