Jail inmate remembers day when received guru’s letter
Srinagar, February 21, 2013 (PPI-OT): Ghulam Nabi Najar, 45, a pro-freedom activist from Tangmarg area received a letter at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail eight years ago asking him to “not lose the heart as the Kashmiris are at our back.” The letter was sent to Najar by the fellow inmate Muhammad Afzal Guru who was hanged and buried at Tihar Jail on February 9. Ghulam Nabi Najar in a media interview said that nearly one month after his arrival at Tihar Jail in February 2005, Afzal sent him the letter
. “After being arrested by Srinagar police, I was handed over to Special Cell of the Delhi Police which interrogated and tortured me for a week. Later I was lodged at Tihar Jail. After a month there, I got a letter from Guru asking me to keep my spirit high. In the letter, he told me that we have to bear all this and we should pass this phase valiantly as Kashmiris are at our back,” Najar, who was released in 2009, said. Najar says “the exchange of communication between me and Afzal continued for two years and he would often send me books through under-trails of Jail No 3.” In 2007, Najar said he had the first glimpse of Afzal when a team of High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir visited the Jail. “On that day, I saw him but couldn’t interact with him…,” he said. Najar said after his shifting to Jail No 3 in 2007, he met Guru many times.
“We (Kashmiri prisoners) were just like a family there and whenever we had a chance to meet we would discuss religion and Kashmir issue,” he said. Najar asserted that Afzal had a tough time in the Jail as he would only be ‘occasionally released’ from the Cell.
“He was brought out from the Cell when other cells would be locked,” he said. According to him, Afzal spent most of the time in the Jail reading newspapers and news magazines. Najar said Afzal was very friendly with prisoners especially Kashmiri inmates and even won the hearts of Jail staff. “He strictly followed the Jail Manual and rules,” he said.
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