Why didn`t the bomb explode? Afzal Guru wonders

Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 18:05

New Delhi: Why did the bomb, planted in
the car used during the 2001 Parliament attack, not explode?
This question still puzzles convicted terrorist Afzal Guru,
claims a 180-page manuscript by a Tihar jail superintendent.

"If the December 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament was a
success then they would have made Jammu and Kashmir an
international issue and would have entered into negotiations
with the government," Guru -- the key accused in 2001
Parliament terror attack case -- is said to have told Manoj
Diwvedi, Superintendent of Tihar Jail number 3.

Divided into six chapters, this document, starts with the
attack itself and the first chapter tells the nitty-
gritty of all that happened on December 13.

It ends when Guru, on death row, is finally held by the
police, Diwedi said.

"They were very confident that the car fitted with
improvised explosive device would go off. Guru told me that
they had parked the car fitted with bombs and explosives in
front of a police the previous night of the attack fearing
that it might be stolen. Surprisingly no policeman bothered to
check it."

"Sadly, the car bomb used in the December 13, 2001 attack,
did not explode and till date Afzal Guru is clueless as to why
it did not explode.

"If the attack would have been a success they had also
names of people in their minds who they would want to
negotiate with," says Diwvedi, who has been refused permission
by the Tihar authorities to publish the book.

"This document is compiled after 200 hours conversation
between me and Afzal Guru between March 2009 to December
2010," he said.

In one of the chapter, Diwvedi talks about Afzal`s
childhood and how he reached Pakistan.

"In my book I have mentioned all the reasons stated by
Afzal for shifting to Pakistan and undergoing training as
other terrorist did.

"He came back and realised that he was being used and
decided to give up and lead a normal life.

"He had completed his first year in MBBS. He even tried
for IES exam," says Diwvedi.

The book also gives the reasons why Guru, whose Brahmin
family converted to Islam generations ago, returned to
anti-national fold.

"One chapter is dedicated to Afzal Guru and how he carried
out the planning for the attack. How they got the explosives
and the RDX grenade the Chinese pistol and other things
without being caught. How they arranged for their stay in
Delhi, the recce done of the Parliament by people who were not
Indian and did not understand any of the Indian language,"
Diwvedi said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 18:05

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