Let Parliament Decide on Afzal’s Body: PM

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NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Let Parliament discuss whether the body of Afzal Guru should be taken to Jammu and Kashmir as demanded by his family, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday.  Afzal Guru was secretly hanged and quietly buried in Tihar Jail on February 9 for his alleged role in the 2001 attack on Parliament. 

“Let Parliament discuss whether the body should be brought back or not,” Manmohan Singh said.

Meanwhile, rumours continue to do the rounds in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and Srinagar city about the possibility of Afzal Guru’s body being returned to the family for last rites. However, there has been no official confirmation on this so far.

Resumption of normalcy in the Valley was partly attributed to such rumours overnight that MHA will be handing over Guru’s mortal remains to the family.  Rumours helped by social networking sites to spread fast prompted Guru family to clarify that no response had been received by them to their plea so far.

“Please do not play with our emotions,” Aijaz Guru, Afzal’s elder brother said. “Do not post baseless stories on these (social networking) sites because we have got no response to our request.”  Agencies

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