Afzal Guru’s spirit is haunting us: Tihar prisoners

JK Bank

By News Desk

Afzal GuruInmates at the highly fortified Tihar jail in New Delhi, have complained that Afzal Guru’s spirit was haunting them and have requested the jail authorities to hold prayers.


Convicted for attacking the Indian Parliament in 2001, Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged on February 9, 2013 and buried in the jail.

Quoting sources, a report published in a Hindi newspaper “Navbharat Times”,  said that prisoners have complained that Guru’s spirit was haunting them and have asked the authorities to “hold a Havan” (prayers) that suit the prisoners.

It said that the inmates were unaware that Guru, who was lodged in Cell No 3, would be hanged on February 9. “This has led the prisoners to believe that Guru’s spirit was omnipresent and the fear has gripped the inmates,” the report quoted sources as saying.

The report also said that prisoners have sleepless nights since past few weeks. The report quoted sources saying: “Prisoners told authorities that they had spotted Guru’s spirit in the dark corridor leading his cell.” The authorities, however, had said that he was buried with full religious rites.

A jail official, who remained unmanned, told the newspaper that the panic was a result of rumors. “Such rumors are flying just because of fear. During the burial we took care of the religious rituals. We cannot do much about illusions and hallucinations,” he told the newspaper.