First case lodged in Indira's death was attempt to murder
The first case registered after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi fell to her bodyguards' bullets was that of "attempt to murder".delhi Updated: Oct 30, 2009 16:35 IST
The first case registered after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi fell to her bodyguards' bullets was that of "attempt to murder".
Twenty-five years ago, it was on the statement of Head Constable Narayan Singh, an eye-witness, that the police first registered a case on charges of attempted murder against the bodyguards, Beant Singh and Satwan Singh, which was later converted to a murder case.
"Initially, the case was registered under sections concerning attempt to murder as Indira Gandhi was not declared dead. Later the FIR was converted into a murder case," a senior police official said.
Narayan, posted as a Head Constable at Gandhi's official residence at 1-Safdurjung Road in the 'isolation cordon' of the security ring, was walking along with Indira Gandhi holding an umbrella to shelter her from sun when her Sikh bodyguards pumped bullets into then Prime Minister.
His statement was recorded by 11 PM, within two hours after the bodyguards opened fire at the Prime Minister.
"At around 9.10 AM Gandhi along with R K Dhawan, came out and started walking towards 1-Akbar Road to meet an Irish delegation. I started walking with her, umbrella in my hands trying to shelter her from the sun. Apart from us, Nathuram, personal attendant of Prime Minister was present," he said in his statement to Tuglak Road police station.