Afzal Guru cell: A radio, books, his writings

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 11 2013, 18:56pm hrs
Among the things that Afzal Guru left behind in his cell are a radio, a collection of books on diverse topics religion, philosophy, history, Urdu poetry and his own writings. Tihar Jail authorities are yet to take a call on handing these over to his family.

According to sources, Afzal was an avid reader and writer. He would frequently ask for books from the jail library. One of these was L K Advanis My Country, My Life.

He only asked for books... on one occasion, he wanted to know what Advani had written about him. He loved reading Urdu poetry... He also asked for Maulana Abul Kalam Azads India Wins Freedom, said a jail


We will be asking for his belongings, in addition to the request to allow his family to perform his last rites, said Nandita Haskar, one of the lawyers representing Afzals family.

Sources said Afzal would wake up at around 6 am and say his prayers. Breakfast was served at around 7:30 am. He did not like rice, but he loved milk. He insisted on having milk everyday, said a jail official.

Meanwhile, DG (Prisons) Vimla Mehra said the union home ministry informed the Tihar Jail authorities about the rejection of Afzals mercy petition on February 4.