Srinagar: Afzal Guru's family said on Tuesday they would not visit his grave inside Tihar Jail, but would instead continue their struggle to get his mortal remains back to Kashmir.

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Commenting on the statement of Union Home Secretary R K Singh, that the jail authorities would shortly take a decision on allowing the family to offer funeral prayers at his grave, Afzal's brother Yaseen Guru said: "The family has made it clear that we want Afzal's body back so that we can perform the burial as per the Islamic rites.


December 13, 2001: Five terrorists enter Parliament complex and open indiscriminate fire, killing nine people and injuring over 15.

December 15, 2001: Delhi Police pick up Afzal Guru, a member of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), from Jammu and Kashmir. S A R Geelani of Delhi University's Zakir Hussain College picked up for questioning and later arrested. Two others - Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru - were picked up later.

December 29, 2001: Afzal Guru sent to 10-day police remand.

June 4, 2002: Charges are framed against four people - Afzal Guru, Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru, Afsan Guru and Geelani.

December 18, 2002: Death sentence given to S A R Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afzal Guru, while Afsan Guru is let off.

August 30, 2003: Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Ghazi Baba, prime accused in the attack, is killed in an encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar. Three more militants along with him are also killed in the 10-hour encounter.

October 29, 2003: Geelani acquitted in the case.

August 4, 2005: The Supreme Court, while confirming the death sentence of Afzal Guru, commutes Shaukat Hussain Guru's death sentence to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

September 26, 2006
: Delhi court orders Afzal to be hanged.

October 3, 2006: Afzal Guru's wife Tabasum Guru files a mercy petition with then President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Jaunary 12, 2007
: The Supreme Court dismisses Afzal Guru's plea seeking review of his death sentence, saying "there is no merit" in it.

May 19, 2010: Delhi government rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition; endorses capital punishment awarded to him by the Supreme Court.

December 30, 2010
: Shaukat Hussain Guru released from Delhi's Tihar Jail.

December 10, 2012
: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says he would examine Afzal Guru's file after Parliament's Winter session concludes on Decemberember 22.

February 3, 2013
: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition

February 9, 2013
: Afzal Guru hanged in Tihar Jail.

"So far as the question of offering funeral prayers at his grave is concerned, the entire Valley has been offering prayers for his soul for the last four days."Afzal's wife, Tabassum has already written a letter to deputy commissioner Baramulla demanding her husband's body and we will continue to struggle for that.

"In another related development, a grave has been dug at the martyrs' graveyard in Eidgah area here where a tombstone has also been erected which describes Afzal as "Shaheed-e-Watan (Martyr of his country)".

The tombstone says Afzal's body is lying in trust with the government of India at present.


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