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Today is the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated by her bodyguards Beant Singh
Today is the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated by her bodyguards Beant Singh

Today is the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated by her bodyguards Beant Singh and Satwant Singh on October 31, 1984.

Indira Gandhi was killed by her bodyguards for ordering the storming of the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar to counter the Punjab insurgency.

According to a BBC report, when Indira Gandhi was rushed to AIIMS after being repeatedly shot by her bodyguards, 80 bottles of blood were used in attempts to save her life. Three AIIMS doctors Jagdev Singh Guleria, MM Kapoor and AS Balaram made all possible attempts to save her from the multiple bullet injuries, but all efforts went in vain.

Beant Singh

Twenty-five years after Beant Singh emptied his revolver into then prime minister Indira Gandhi, the assassin’s son says his father didn’t do it to appease anyone in the Sikh community but wanted to personally avenge the army’s Operation Bluestar.

“My father had killed Indira Gandhi neither at the behest of any organisation nor to make any Sikh ‘jathebandi’ (group) happy. This extreme step was the outcome of intense feelings that carried away my father, and under the circumstances we all respect his feelings,” Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, the 30-year-old son of Beant Singh said in an exclusive interview.

Why she was killed?

Indira Gandhi’s assassination was the direct consequence of Operation Bluestar, which was done in June 1984 by the Indian Army on her directions. Military officials attacked Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, where militants were hiding with heavy ammunition.

According to figures of the Indian Army, Operation Bluestar left nearly 600 people, including army personnel, militants and civilians dead. However, many believe the correct figure of the killings is in thousands.

The Amritsar-based Akal Takht – highest temporal seat of Sikhism – had declared Beant Singh and Satwant Singh as martyrs of Sikhism in 2008.

What sonia gandhi said?

Congress ex-president Sonia Gandhi in 2016 had revealed that her mother-in-law Gandhi was not “terribly keen” to join politics and given a chance, she would have led a life away from politics.

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