Let us dive into the history of NITW and unearth some classic horror stories of our college, gems that have been hidden in the lapels of our rich and turbulent history. The most predominant one is the Ganga mess story. There are several variations of this story but the basics remain the same, that a student lost his head during the era of naxals and commis back in late 1970s. The simple story is that he had a dispute with some student and in retaliation that student decided to take revenge. This took a dark turn when the lights of the mess were switched off, during which both the students were present in the mess and the other decided to behead the one. However something went tragically wrong as the student at hand exchanged his seat with his friend. So when the lights came back on, the head of the friend, an innocent bystander was lying on his plate, dismembered from his body. This brutality was not unexpected back in those times as it was an era of turbulence, politics and protests. As it was a period of do or be done, live or die, many innocent students would become victims of naxal or communistic ideals and get roped into their groups or they would become victims of the atrocities committed by them. If anything, this story is the one of a person at wrong time, at the wrong place. It is said that his ghost still haunts the mess in anger and dissatisfaction of his unfair death.

One of the variations of this story is that he was northerner who fell in love with a southern girl. Because of this attachment her parents who supposedly knew people in the naxalite community in Warangal, had decided to take out the poor lad. What followed was his lack of death as his friend got his head chopped off. Well, lesson learned for that poor guy at the expense of his friend’s untimely murder.

The second one is that two guys were fighting over one girl. There enmity escalated until the brawnier of the two fellows used an axe or machete or some butchers knife from kitchen to chop the others head off. He timed the power outage procuring the help of his friends. So when the lights came back on, the guys head was on the plate but no cemented proof was pinned on the murderer. This variation of the story is arguably plainer than other. There is also no murder of an innocent bystander, just a petty love affair gone wrong.

Lots of research brought fruits of actual facts. Although the credibility of the recount of this story is questionable, the logic of it makes sense. Apparently, there was northerner who had behaved badly with a girl student. When this news reached the ears of the naxals/commis they decided to avenge her in the name of honour and planned the attack. They obtained access to the power supply of the mess and executed their plan. Of course it was foiled by the fact that the intended guy and his friend accidentally interchanged themselves.

Another story is one of a girl student who committed suicide in her first year of M-Tech (again not a factual detail). After her death which she committed by hanging herself from the fan, her roommates and neighbouring rooms all had eerie incidents happening to them. This resulted in the evacuation of that specific room. During power outages in the Sarojini Hall, several of them claimed to hear sobbing emitting from that haunted room. You could consider they were just experiencing after effects of her death or had basic paranoia but the creepiest thing was, in my first year both rooms one of which was the one in which the suicide occurred and it’s adjacent one, the inmates of these two rooms had incurred a lot injuries in their first semester. One broke her leg, another broke her arm, others ran high fevers etc. They always used to have visitors who would ask their well-being and inquire about their health and recovery. I always thought it was curious that they were the only ones who had such back luck that kept befalling them, almost as if someone were after their lives.

There will always be those suicides or accidental deaths in our hostels- 1.8k, 1k, LH etc that will give rise to an epidemic paranormal stories and “saccha” experiences with the ghosts.

You can take this all with good humour and actually be cautious to not disturb what should be left untouched. In the end, our college has seen its fair share of macabre and death, and the subsequent horror stories that follow it. Classic of our own to revel in, to share with and to have fun hearing about it!

Author: Krupa Sreyasi