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43 years on, mystery shrouds post-mortem of Shastri

PTI  New Delhi, August 03, 2009
First Published: 00:56 IST(3/8/2009) | Last Updated: 00:57 IST(3/8/2009)

Was any post-mortem conducted on the body of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri to know the causes of his mysterious death in Tashkent, in the erstwhile USSR, in 1966? The Delhi Police in its reply to an RTI application has said it does not have any record pertaining to the death of the former prime minister.

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The Ministry of External Affairs has already said no post-mortem was conducted in USSR. The Central Public Information Officer of the Delhi Police in his reply dated July 29, 2009 said, "no such record related to the death of the former prime minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri is available in this district... Hence the requisite information pertaining to New Delhi District may please be treated as Nil."

Author of the book 'CIA's Eye on South Asia', Anuj Dhar had filed an RTI application, carrying eight questions, with the Prime Minister's Office. In one of his questions, Dhar asked if any post-mortem was conducted on former prime minister's body in India to ascertain causes of his death and if not, the reasons thereof.

After the 1965 war with Pakistan, Shastri went to Tashkent to meet Pakistani President Mohammad Ayub Khan. On January 11, 1966, a day after signing Tashkent declaration, he died under mysterious circumstances.

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