Afzal Guru - family seeks permission to pray inside Tihar

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  1. GPM

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    Hours after the news of his death by hanging broke, Mohammed Afzal Guru’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.

    “The 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,” Ms. Haksar told The Hindu.

    The letter, addressed to Director-General of Prisons Vimla Mehra, says the “family members have been shocked to hear the news of the hanging on national television.” 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] “This time they were denied the basic human right of meeting Afzal,” 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.


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    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.
     
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    Afzal Guru was an Indian citizen. I hope they have performed his last rites when he was buried. Even Indian Army hires maulvis who perform the last rites of dead Muslim Indian soldiers and dead Pakistani soldiers.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Without a doubt they have. Why would you hope? This is not pekistan.
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    I think the Home Miniter or the secretary confirmed that all rites as per his religion were followed.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    I think his family should be allowed to pray in his grave, let them pray for the poor soul.
     
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    The family could do the funeral prayers in absentia called Gaibana namaz-e-janaza.
     
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    there is no need for this... if his family has really cared for him it had stopped him from going into religious extremism
     
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    It will happen and all other rituals like chaliha etc.
     

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