Kin want to travel to Delhi, claim body

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The family of Afzal Guru on Sunday wrote another letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla, asking the official to use his influence in seeking Afzal's body from Tihar jail and facilitating their journey to Delhi.

Afzal's cousin, Mohammad Yasin, told The Indian Express that on Saturday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Khawaja Bashir had assured them help in facilitating their trip to Delhi. "Since our village has been sealed by the Army, police and CRPF from all sides, we tried to contact the DC over phone, but he did not respond to our calls,'' Yasin said, adding that another letter was sent to the DC through their counsels in Delhi. "This time we faxed the letter to keep a proof as someone informed us that on Saturday evening the DC had claimed that he had not received any communication from the family," he said.

Yasin said that some family members will go to Delhi to seek Afzal's body. "We have every right to claim the body. But the only problem is that we cannot leave our house due to curfew,'' he said.

On Saturday evening, they had written a letter to the DC — a copy of which was addressed to the CM — asking them to use their influence to seek Afzal's body from Tihar jail authorities. The letter was written on behalf of Aijaz Ahmad Guru (brother), Tabassum Guru (wife), Ghalib Guru (son) and other family members who are staying at Afzal's native village. "Please convey our appeal and heartfelt request to the Tihar jail authorities (Delhi) to return the body of our kin, Mohammad Afzal Guru, for carrying out his last rites. It is pertinent to mention that every human being has his birthright to go through his religion and faith for his disposal. This only can bring religious serenity and divine tranquility to us, especially to his wife and lone child,'' read the letter.

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