Rahul and Indira’s Murder!

Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan on Wednesday Mr. Rahul Gandhi following on his earlier emotional reference to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi shedding tears during the Food Security Bill debate upped the ante on tear-jerking emotion to sway his audience. Referring to the BJP’s politics of hatred Mr. Gandhi said that like his grandmother and father he too could be assassinated.

“My grandmother was killed. My father was assassinated and perhaps I may also be killed one day. I am not bothered. I had to tell you what I felt from the heart,” he declared. “I am against BJP's politics ... What do they do. They will put Muzaffarnagar on fire, Gujarat on fire, UP on fire and Kashmir on fire and then you and we will have to douse that. This damages the country,”

Mr. Gandhi went on to say that it took him over a decade to overcome his anger against his friends Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, the two bodyguards of Indira Gandhi who shot her. Gesturing towards Sikhs present in the audience he said that the anger of the people in Punjab had by now subsided.

Mr. Gandhi’s allusion to the communal politics of the BJP is unexceptionable. But he should refrain from alluding to any opposition party of the majority or minority community for being complicit in the murders of his grandmother and father. If their deaths indeed create foreboding in his mind about his own future he had better focus his attention on the enemies within. Both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were victims of cold blooded murder as part of a conspiracy in which the Congress hand required serious investigation. I was a consistent and trenchant critic of Indira Gandhi. But it was her policies I opposed, not her person. I respected her as a person. What an irony then, that after her murder I was almost the lone voice raised against the cover up of her assassination and the injustice done to the memory of a former world leader. Apart from stray murmurs here and there I cannot recall any other voice that rose in protest over how her death was probed. All the Congress knaves and sycophants who had thrived under Indira Gandhi remained silent. They were busy feathering their nests under the new dispensation. For the benefit of Mr. Gandhi, his party colleagues and a large number of Indians here are a few bald and irrefutable facts related the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Consider these facts and connect the dots to reach a surmise.

Beant Singh and Sarwant Singh were two Sikh bodyguards who shot Indira Gandhi.

Beant was the main killer and leader of the duo. His induction as the Prime Minister’s bodyguard is the first mystery. He had a tainted record of being involved in the drug trade and women’s trafficking.

How did security allow him to be inducted in the PM’s residence? He became close to the family. Mr. Rahul Gandhi is right in referring to him as a friend. He sometimes played badminton with Rahul and Priyanka who were children then.

On the day of Mrs. Gandhi’s assassination she was to give a TV interview to an Irish crew led by the famous actor, Peter Ustinov. He was of Russian origin. It is not established if he had any distant relationship with the then Russian Defence Minister, Marshall Ustinov. Reportedly the Soviet government had then opposed India’s rumoured plan to bomb the Kahuta nuclear plant in Pakistan. The plan never fructified.

Beant Singh and Satwant Singh were not supposed to be on guard duty when Mrs. Gandhi was scheduled to attend the TV interview. The PM’s secretary Mr. RK Dhawan had Indira Gandhi’s appointment diary. The noting was changed to ensure that Beant and Satwant would be on duty at the fatal hour. The change in the diary noting was rendered in a different handwriting from the remaining passage. Till this day it has not been established who made the change in the timings of Beant’s and Satwant’s guard duty to ensure their presence when Indira Gandhi was shot. Only Mr. Dhawan had the information.

On the fateful day unlike normal practice Indira Gandhi did not wear a bullet proof vest. It is not known why she did not wear it or whether anyone dissuaded her from wearing it. When she entered the house from the adjacent building where she resided and walked towards the garden Beant and Satwant shot her. Mr. RK Dhawan was walking right behind her. The first FIR on her death lodged with the police reported Beant shouting in Punjabi to Satwant just before the shooting, “Be careful, Dhawan should not be hurt!”

Mrs. Gandhi died on the spot. Beant and Satwant threw down their weapons and surrendered. Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who were in charge took both in custody and placed them in an adjoining guard house in the house compound. After 45 minutes both were shot in cold blood by the ITBP personnel. The next 7 minutes after the assassination were covered on camera by the TV crew. The film was never procured by investigators and shown to the public. It has never been established who gave the orders of the shooting in cold blood that silenced forever Beant Singh who could have been forced to reveal the whole truth about the plot to kill Indira Gandhi.

Justice Thakkar was appointed to conduct an enquiry into the murder. At the end of his report he suggested that there was a conspiracy behind the murder and a fresh Inquiry Commission to probe the conspiracy angle should be instituted. He wrote that “the needle of suspicion” pointed at Mr. RK Dhawan.

An inquiry into the conspiracy nailed Kehar Singh, whose family was friendly with Beant Singh’s family, for the plot to kill Indira Gandhi. There was no evidence against Kehar Singh except that along with his family he had visited the Golden Temple accompanied by Beant’s family. The Supreme Court gave Kehar Singh the death sentence. It was an atrocious judgment. Mr. Ram Jethmalani who had appeared in the case approached me with the request that I write against the judgment. I did so in an article published in The Indian Express. Surprisingly, in unprecedented fashion the Supreme Court then wrote to the President advising him to use his discretion to commute the sentence. The President, himself a Sikh, could not oblige. Kehar Singh was hanged.

After Indira Gandhi’s death Mr. RK Dhawan was out of office and favour. But surprisingly, he soon was back in favour and in his old post. The argument that the Thakkar Commission Report which nailed him could have been flawed is difficult to believe because Justice Thakkar too after his report prospered. He was appointed Chairman of the Law Commission Board. There emerged the strange spectacle of both the accuser and the accused being rewarded by the government led by the son of the slain Prime Minister.

Surely by any reckoning there are many troublesome questions related to Indira Gandhi’s murder which remain unanswered. It would be facile and dangerous to blame opposition parties for the assassination. It is true that Sikhs were angry. A few were even happy about the assassination. But these reactions were a far cry from plotting the murder. It would be dangerous to ignore the conspiracy angle for which there was considerable evidence but was never solved.

It is doubly dangerous for Mr. Rahul Gandhi to talk about assassinations and the possibility of him being assassinated in order to influence voters. We are living in crazy times. There is no dearth of cold blooded conspirators lurking in our midst. They may get ideas. India cannot bear to witness another general election fought on a sympathy wave. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in circumstances equally puzzling. But this is not the occasion to dwell on the unexplained mysteries related to the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. These can be dealt with when the time comes to finally bury the Congress party, thus fulfilling the last wish of Mahatma Gandhi.


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Views: 3389      Comments: 7

Comment A team of Bhagat singh memorial committee visited Kehar Singhji and others in prison before their hanging and their revelations were published ina Nw Dehli daily.It raises some pertinent questions;When did Ustinov leave India?Why was he not interrogated?Did not he ask Indiraji to take down bulletproof vest on the ground that she was not looking well for photography with it on? Why not the case is being reopened?Then easily truth will unveil.bij (then with Shahid Bhagat Singh Memorial Committee)

bijay sarkar
03-May-2016 09:40 AM

Comment This is indeed very intriguing and frustrating. But sadly, it's hardly surprising that our media doesn't even pursue such important events that happened just a few decades back. As I have mentioned before, as long as a big chunk of "mediawallas" remain cozy with politicians (of all hues), common man would hardly ever know the truth.

If there are so many gaping holes in the story of Indira Gandhi's death, Subhash Bose's mystery will just be buried for much much longer I guess, despite so many RTI's.

Amit Thakur
29-Oct-2013 02:43 AM

Comment Dear Sir,

BJP is not my favourite, neither BJP leaders are my favourite.

But, since in democracy we need to choose among those available to citizens, supporting BJP is need based and not emotion based.

By the way, a genuine opposition in future is likely to be eclipsed by ever growing, rich, powerful and influential media, they color white into black and black into white on daily basis these days, so let's urge them do something if something needs to be done on behalf of opposition.

Dinesh Kumar Bohre
26-Oct-2013 14:48 PM

Comment Rahul Gandhi knows that to save Congress he has to die. Congress knows that Rahul is useless and can not win next election. Coming to power is so important that I am sure he will be killed and on sympathy wave Priyanka will be the leader.
Indian politics is joke.
No leader talks about real problems,
What a irony that in last ten years congress has completely destroyed India, and still they have face to fight election.
Congress mukt bharat is the REAL solution.

26-Oct-2013 01:22 AM

Comment an extraordinary revelation of important things not known by many
thanks rajinderji
your article is a must read by all interested in actualities
rama rao

dr v v b rama rao
25-Oct-2013 20:12 PM

Comment Dinesh, I made a small error. The Supreme Court not only asked the President to commute the sentence but suggested that he could pardon Kehar Singh! Why do not your favourite BJP leaders, after Rahul' attack on the BJP for creating the atmosphere for assassinations, demand a fresh inquiry to probe Indira Gandhi's murder and reveal the real hand behind it? Any genuine opposition would have done so by now.

My Word
25-Oct-2013 08:48 AM

Comment Oh! This article surprises like no other article did on boloji,com...

Beant Singh and Satwant Singh were shot down cold blooded ? So far I understood that they were shot down in immediate reaction to their firing on Mrs. Gandhi !!

The incident of Kehar Singh as mentioned in this article is worrisome, unfortunate and punishable offence if true.

Dinesh Kumar Bohre
25-Oct-2013 05:16 AM

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