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Afzal's family hasn't approached us: Tihar DG

February 22, 2013 19:15 IST

The family of Afzal Guru, who was hanged two weeks ago at Tihar jail, has not yet approached the prison authorities to pray at his grave though the government has made the offer for his close relatives.

"We have not received any letter from Guru's family in this regard," Director General of Tihar Prisons Vimla Mehra told reporters.

The government has already said it will allow Guru's close relatives to visit his grave, an offer rejected by the family which has been insisting on return of his body to them.

Asked whether jail authorities will allow family members to visit Guru's grave if they make a request, Mehra refrained from giving a direct reply, saying "the government is considering it."

On the criticism that the letter sent to Guru's family informing about his hanging reached two days after his execution, Mehra said, "It was a job (Afzal's hanging) assigned to us and we followed the official procedure to execute it."

Guru was hanged at Tihar jail on February 9 in a top secret operation after his final appeal for mercy was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee. His body was buried inside the jail premises.

Addressing an annual press conference, the DG also listed various activities undertaken at the jail in the past one year.

She said a blanket making unit was established at jail number nine this year where 80 convicts are working currently. The unit supplies blankets to Delhi Police and Delhi Health Department.

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