Government may consider Afzal's family request to pray at his burial site: Shinde
New Delhi, Feb. 11 : Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said the government may consider the request of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's family to offer prayer at his burial site here in Tihar Central Jail.
Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail here on Saturday morning, was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
When asked at the press conference here today whether the government will permit Afzal Guru's family to perform his last rites and offer a prayer for him at his burial site in the jail, the Home Minister said they might consider the request.
"It was a very sensitive issue and the government has taken decision very carefully. Everything can't be revealed publicly. The decision to execute him was taken according to the law and the jail manual," said Shinde.
He also stated that the Afzal's family was informed by speed post about his execution by the jail officials as laid down in the jail manual.
Shinde rubbished the allegation that the decision was taken to divert the attention from the opposition ire over his 'saffron terror' remark, and said that he and his party have already said that terrorism has nothing to do with any colour or religion.
"The incident has nothing to do with the BJP reaction over my remark. My party and me have very clearly said that terror has no colour and it has nothing to do with any religion. I am fully agreed with views expressed by various party colleagues," said Shinde.
President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Guru's mercy plea on February 3 and a final decision to hang him was taken.
Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
On 13th December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.