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Paranormal forces are often associated with unused strange places, buildings, etc where people had a violent and unnatural death. Besides, such places are normally abandoned and surrounded by overgrowth of vegetation, creepers, trees, broken structures, strange-looking thick spider webs, dark shadows, etc creating an uncomfortable ambiance. Such odd-looking innocuous, but uncertain surroundings can further aggravate the chilling experience.
Locals believe that the mortal remains of John Nicholson in his grave regroup and his spirit has the tendency to pop up unexpectedly from nowhere, say like Jack-in-the box. It is said it happens in the place where he was buried in Sept. 1857. Brig. Gen Nicholson was shot in the chest and after severe pain he died in the hospital tent on the third day. He was just 37, remained unmarried; reports say he had children out of wedlock (?). He had a violent death, so were the countless people in the 1857 rebellion. After violent death they were buried in the same grave.
The explanation given by Hindus is that at the Nicholson Cemetery, the English men who were buried here, had experienced horrible death, not a peaceful one. Though their mortal remains have been there since 1857, they are still restless with their trapped souls having found no way to exit from their bodies. Being agitated and having no peace of mind, they turn into ghosts and aimlessly roam the graveyard at night hoping one day they would get a permanent relief for their souls and would get a new lease of life.
Brig.Gen. Nicholson's war exploits in the NE Frontier areas, his tragic death in the 1857 rebellion, his killing spree against the native rebels - all these unpalatable events are part of one of the darkest chapters of colonial India in the 19th century. In 2006 a major restoration work was done at this historical cemetery in Delhi and the young generation of English people who are related to those buried here are anxious to visit this site to pay their
The Nicholson Cemetery in Kashmere gate in South Delhi is a historical site that underwent renovation in 2006. Delhi Cemeteries Committee and BACSA (the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) invited INTACH’s (The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Delhi Chapter to look into restoration work and they all collectively did a painstaking job. The grave yard is a big one, covering 8.8 acres and 2,463 graves and it was a major challenge for the conservationists and restoration workers to bring the grave back to old glory. The site had been a neglected one for a pretty long period. With passage of time, the plaster over innumerable tombs had come off. Some people drew the attention of the British newspapers about the British cemetery in Delhi and its poor upkeep. The British High Commission took up the matter to save the cemetery. A sum of Rs.7 Lakhs was spent on the restoration work and additional work needed funds to complete the project. Brig. Gen. John Nicholson was a brave military officer very much liked by his troops. He was quite loyal to the Crown Being a brave man he had an aura of a daring soldier, always risking his life. A religious cult developed around him: the ‘Nikal Seyn’.