A Tihar jail superintendent has claimed that death convict Mohammed Afzal Guru — currently lodged in sub-jail three of Tihar Jail — allegedly told him that he regretted that the bomb planted in a car as part of the December 13, 2001, Parliament attack conspiracy did not explode.
This was claimed in a 180-page manuscript authored by sub-jail three’s superintendent Manoj Dwivedi.
Dwivedi claimed to have compiled the document reportedly after 200 hours of conversations between him and Guru — convicted by the apex court in the Parliament attack case —between March 2009 and December 2010.
According to Dwivedi, Guru was still clueless as to why the bomb had not gone off. Guru allegedly told him that had the terror attack on the Parliament been a success then the attackers, including him, would have managed to bring the gaze of the world on the Kashmir issue and entered into negotiations with the Indian government.
“The Tihar administration had denied Manoj Dwivedi’s request to publish his manuscript since he had not taken prior permission of the director general of Delhi prisons,” said Sunil Gupta, spokesperson, Tihar Jail.
“The jail official’s account is unreliable and unverifiable since Guru is in custody. Guru has said in his mercy petition that he was framed in the Parliament attack case. This could be a propaganda to scuttle his pending mercy petition,” Guru’s lawyer ND Pancholi said.
The alleged attackers were confident that the car fitted with improvised explosive device would go off, Guru allegedly told Dwivedi. According to Dwivedi, Guru allegedly told him that the attackers had parked the car fitted with the explosive in front of a police facility the night before the attack fearing that it might get stolen. Surprisingly, no policeman bothered to check it, Guru allegedly told Dwivedi.