Hours after the news of his death by hanging broke, Mohammed Afzal Guruâ€™s lawyers Nandita Haksar and N.D. Pancholi made their way to the Tihar Jail here, carrying with them a letter from his family seeking permission to say a prayer at his grave. Guru, who was convicted for the December 2001 attack on Parliament, was hanged and buried inside the heavily fortified Tihar Jail on Saturday morning. â€œThe family called us in the morning; they said they were not informed of the hanging. They have now requested the authorities to at least allow them to perform namaz-e-janaza [funeral prayer] and the last rites as per their faith,â€ Ms. Haksar told The Hindu. The letter, addressed to Director-General of Prisons Vimla Mehra, says the â€œfamily members have been shocked to hear the news of the hanging on national television.â€ The last time the death warrant was issued by Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur, Mr. Pancholi was informed so that he could in turn pass on the message to the family. [But] â€œThis time they were denied the basic human right of meeting Afzal,â€ says the letter. Ms. Haksar said the Guru family, residing in Kashmir, was not being allowed to move out of the house, nor were mourners allowed in. In Kashmir too, the Grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din raised a demand for handing over the body to the family and allowing it to perform the last rites. Read MORE The Hindu : News / National : Family seeks permission for prayers in jail *** Comments If permission is given oncve, it would be a regular feature. Soon there would be a demand to hold an urs in Tihar. Nip the evil in the bud.