This blog is about Lal Bahadur Shastri – the 2nd PM of India. It is the 2nd part of our blog The Enigma Of Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji’s Death – Part 1.

On 11th January 1966, Indians woke at dawn to go berserk when they heard about the unexpected and tragic demise of the PM Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The heartbeats of the people were like blows. Their eyes and ears listening and watching to the one who had just passed away. It was the hardest blow which dented the tracks of development in India with the newspapers, radios and mouths spreading, “Shastri Ji is no more”.  The Indian PM Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

10th January 1966

After signing the Tashkent accord, around 4pm on January 10, Shastri Ji reached the villa he was provided by the USSR. For the dinner, he had a light meal prepared by Jan Mohammed, the personal cook of TN Kaul, the Indian ambassador to USSR. At 11.30pm, Shastri Ji had a glass of milk brought by Jan Mohammad. When his personal staff took leave, he was fine. But around 1.25 a.m. on January 11, Shastri Ji woke up, coughing severely. He walked out to another room to tell his staff to inform his personal doctor ‘RN Chugh’. By the time Dr Chugh arrived, Shastri Ji was dying. There was not much Dr Chugh could do now. He began to cry. “Babuji, you did not give me enough time.” Shastri Ji took Lord Ram’s name and he was gone forever.

Reasons why the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri is still an enigma:

No Post-mortem 

When the dead body of Shastri ji reached Delhi,  his mother, on watching the dead body, turned blue and bloated. She cried out by saying that his ‘son has been poisoned’. His wife, Lalita Ji admitted that “there were cuts on the body and the blood poured from those cuts, the body had turned Blue and had bloated so much that his clothes had to be torn”.

Prime Minister Shastri’s body had turned blue and bloated in a mere few hours. But still, the Indian Government refused to do a post-mortem on his body.  Doesn’t this seem suspicious? 

The KGB Factor

KGB – the Russian (then USSR) secret service agency had suspected poisoning of Shastri Ji. They arrested a Russian butler, named Ahmed Sattarov, who was in service to Shastri Ji, for interrogation. Also, Jan Mohammed, who had served Shastri Ji that night and was with him throughout his stay in Russia, was bought for interrogation by the KGF at the same place where Ahmed Sattarov was kept. However, on watching Jan Mohammed, Ahmed Sattarov +3 other chef thought that he would be the same person who would have poisoned Indian Prime Minister”.

The CIA Angle

The world had witnessed the charisma of the visionary man Lal Bahadur Shastri, the White revolution, the Green revolution, and victory over Pakistan in just two years of power. CIA agent Robert Crowley confessed in an interview that Shastri Ji had given the green signal to Dr Homi J. Bhabha Ji (father of Indian nuclear science) for Nuclear Test, which had irked the USA. So, therefore it was the work of the CIA.

However, this claim cannot be true because of the American declassification of official secret policy. Surprisingly, Dr. Bhabha died on 24th January 1966 in a mysterious plane crash (Air India Flight 101), exactly 14 days after Shastri Ji died. 

The Backstabber/Insider’s hand

Ever since his death, Shastri ji’s family demanded an inquiry but the government refused. In addition, the officers neither allowed any of the family members nor anyone to go near the body. This might have been done to conceal the truth. Soon after, Indira Gandhi was made the Prime Minister of India. During the Cold War, both the US and USSR were trying to control the nations. While the former PM Nehru had a soft corner for USSR and communism, Shastri ji opposed any alignment policy. Shastri Ji died in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 11th January 1966 and Indira Gandhi was sworn in as PM of India on 24th January 1966. Can you sense the foul play?

What happened to the witnesses? 

There were two witnesses who could have unravelled the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri :

  1. Dr RN Chug (His personal doctor, who was with him at the death bed)
  2. Ram Nath (His Servant, considered close to him)

Dr RN Chug, he and his family died mysteriously after they were hit by a truck when they were in a car. Thus, he was made silent even before he could speak. Also, R.N. Nath too had to face almost the same consequences, as per Shastri Ji’s family members he said, “Bahut din ka bojh tha, Amma. Aaj sab bata denge.” (I have been carrying this burden too long. I will shed it today). Before professing any word in front of the committee, he met an accident and mysteriously lost his memory.

The Unconcluded Conclusion

Prime Minister of the 7th largest country died, but it was as if nothing happened. The then government failed miserably in tracing the culprit. Were they afraid of getting caught of their crimes? The Raj Narain inquiry, just for namesake, ended with no conclusion about the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri. Adding fire to the fury, the Parliament’s library holds no information and record for the same

Is it a joke that a Prime Minister died and not even a record of his death is kept?

Isn’t it the negligence of the then PM?

Or was it intentional to erase all the proofs that were pointing towards the power-hungry person/people? 

These circumstances aren’t normal. They lead somewhere. Somewhere, where you can get your answers. But to get the answers, we need to walk on the path which Shastri Ji once taught us – “UNITY”.

Questions

Triloki Nath Kaul, India’s ambassador to USSR (now, Russia) in 1966, did not even care to send some report or paper-works back to India when Shastri Ji died. In normal circumstances, the person would run amok if his PM dies in a foreign land. But here the situation was calm, no report, no paperwork nothing! Isn’t this absurd? Or was the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri pre-planned?

In ordinary circumstances, the security forces would keep people with even slightest doubt at bay from VIPs. However, Jaan Mohammed, the prime accused, was employed to cook for the Parliamentarians. 

If we do not unite to know what the truth was, we will never know the truth.

Unfortunately, the majority of Indians do not care. They aren’t even aware of the fact that he was born on 2nd October. How can you expect them to know what really happened? 

Conclusion

Lal Bahadur Shastri was people’s PM. He swam the pious Ganges two times to attend classes. He dropped his surname to become equal to the Harijans. WHO WOULD DO THAT? Who would not use power even when power is at his disposal?  There would be only one answer – Shastri Ji.

Hitherto, we have failed the sacrifices of those who had liberated us from the clutches of British. We seem to have forgotten those who had sacrificed their lives to light our future. We have failed them, failed them miserably.