No last rites for Afzal Guru
The family of Afzal Guru, who was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail yesterday, had sought permission from the Tihar jail authorities as well as the Indian home ministry to perform his last rites in accordance with the muslim religious traditions
In a letter to jail director, General Vimla Mehra, drafted by Guru’s lawyer ND Pancholi, Guru’s wife Tabassum said the last rites of her husband should be performed in a dignified manner. “Please permit the family members to give Afzal Guru proper dignified last rites in accordance with the religious traditions”, she said
She continued, “If we can perform the ‘Namaaz-e-Janaza’, we would appreciate it. We do not wish to make it a political issue in an atmosphere which is already volatile but the family members, as citizens of India, have a right, which must be respected,” the letter said.
Guru, convicted for his role in the attack on Parliament in 2001, was hanged in the jail at 8 am yesterday after the mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Rajdeep Sardesai, journalist
Kasab hanged just before winter session. Afzal guru hanged just before budget session. Coincidence?
Kiran Bedi, Social activist
Afzal Guru case needed a closure. It disturbs some and settles others! Always damned if you do, doomed if you don’t! Governance is tough!
Suhel Seth, Author
So Afzal Guru hanged at 6.25am. Good. This Government has shown more courage than it’s given credit for!
Narendra Modi, Gujarat CM
Der aaye, durust aaye