Government receives request from Afzal's family

Updated - June 13, 2016 05:15 am IST

Published - February 11, 2013 02:24 am IST - New Delhi

The government is giving serious thought to whether it should permit Mohammad Afzal Guru’s family members to visit his grave in the precincts of Tihar Jail, and offer prayers.

A day after the prime accused in the attack on Parliament in 2001, was executed, government sources said the jail authorities had received such a request from the family, routed through his lawyers: the authorities have now forwarded it to the Union Home Ministry for a decision.

This comes even as the Home Ministry is under fire for not having informed the family members in advance of the decision to execute him, nor permitting a last visit. Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh had merely said on Saturday that a letter to that effect had been sent by speedpost; the family says they never got the letter.

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