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Book on Afzal Guru to be registered for copyright

Book on Afzal Guru to be registered for copyright
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Former Tihar jail superintendent M K Dwivedi, who has written a first-hand account on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, is planning to register it with Film Writers Association to protect its copyright.

Dwivedi claims he has written a 180-page manuscript on Afzal who is now lodged in high security area of jail number 3 in Tihar and is being approached by filmmakers who are interested to project the 2001 Parliament terror attack issue on the big screen.

Dwivedi, who is now employed with the Delhi Transport Corporation, said that he was planning to register the book with the Films Writer Association in Mumbai as many filmmakers have approached him to convert the book into a movie.

'It's a sensitive issue and since the original was born from my initiative I have a responsibility to see that people do not distort the facts. That is why I will get it registered.'

Divided into six chapters, this document compiled by Dwivedi starts with the attack itself and the first chapter tells the nitty-gritty of all that happened on December 13. It ends when Afzal Guru, on death row, is finally held by the police.

The former superintendent of Jail number 3 compiled the document after 200 hours conversation with Afzal between March 2009 to December 2010.

'Jail is a place of reformation and we do not look down upon the prisoners. In an attempt to have an insight into his thoughts and help him reform I initiated a conversation on an everyday basis with him. It was then that he opened up and he knew about the book,' Dwivedi said.

While one chapter concentrates on Afzal's childhood and how he reached Pakistan, another mentions the reasons he stated shifting to Pakistan and undergoing training like other terrorists.

After training Afzal 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, and even tried for the IES exam.

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

'There is a chapter dedicated to how he carried out the plan for the attack, how explosives were brought to Delhi without being caught, how they arranged for their stay here, the recce done of the parliament by people who were not Indian and did not understand any Indian language,' Dwivedi said.

He added, 'he was confident that the car fitted with improvised explosive device would go off. Fearing that the car might be stolen they kept it in front of a police station and surprisingly no policeman bothered to check it.

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

Afzal had also apparently chalked out plans to make Jammu and Kashmir an international issue and enter into negotiations with the government if he was successful.
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