10 INFAMOUS DEATH CONSPIRACIES OF INDIAN POLITICIANS
Given the fact that India has a much stable democratic system, we haven’t had murders and conspiracies like our neighbouring countries but we too got a good share of bloodshed. Here is a list of these infamous death conspiracies of our political leaders
1. Mahatma Gandhi
The morning of 30th January 1948 was an unfortunate one for India as the nation lost its father. A Hindu extremist named Nathu Ram Godse fired 3 bullets on Gandhi when he was going to attend a morning prayer. Godse was taken into custody and later gone through a trial, the court convicted him for the murder of Gandhi and sentenced death by hanging. One of his associated Narayan Apte also got the capital punishment, while other 6 got life imprisonment. Godse was also a member of RSS, which suggested that the radical Hindu group could also be a part of the assassination. Sardar Patel, who was the Home Minister then, imposed a ban on RSS, the ban, however, lifted afterwards. Another shocking fact was the involvement of Maharaja Tej Singh of Alwar, the revolver used by Godse belonged to Maharaja.
2. Sanjay Gandhi
In January 1980, Sanjay Gandhi took the toll over the general elections from his victory in Amethi. Sanjay was known for his strict and bring-a-change attitude. He acquired the image of an extremist and for exercising control on senior leaders and government officials who were even replaced with their subordinates in case of any dispute. In the summers of the same year, his aircraft crashed near Delhi’s Safdarjung Airport killing Sanjay and his trainer. Many saw this as Sanjay’s failed attempt to do acrobatics in the air while most fear that this was the consequence of a compound conspiracy.
3. Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee
Dr. Mukherjee was a member of Nehru’s first cabinet and was the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the political wing of RSS. He was against Congress’s decision to provide an independent status to Kashmir. He was even arrested in 1953 for his protests. Many speculate that this could have turned out a reason for his untimely death. There was no post-mortem conducted and his body was flown directly to Kolkata instead of Delhi. Even when demanded to set up a committee to investigate his death by his mother, Nehru overlooked this request with negligence.
4. Lal Bahadur Shastri
Shastri was the first prime minister to die while in office on January 11, 1966. He was an excellent politician and was in Tashkent to sign a treaty to return Haji Pir to Pakistan. Some say that he died of multiple heart attacks, but his wife suggested some other story claiming that he was poisoned instead because his body turned blue after his demise. His butler was arrested but was released due to lack of evidence. In 2009, on request of Anuj Dhar to government to probe into Shastri’s death, the government stated that it had some evidence, but it cannot be brought out in public to avoid any state of national unrest.
5. Subhash Chandra Bose
The biggest death mystery ever contemplated was Bose’s death. A report to the British government suggested that he died in a plane crash in Taipei in 1945. Whereas many suggest that he died in Siberia where he was taken as a captive by the soviet army. There are speculations suggesting that he was not in the plane which crashed and that Stalin and Molotov discussed whether to join him in the soviet army or not. Recently a man died claiming that he was Netaji raised many eyebrows.
6. Lalit Narayan Mishra
L N Mishra was a shrewd politician and was known to be the man behind Indira Gandhi’s victories in the seventies. He even exercised as a railway minister for some time. While he was on his way to Samastipur to inaugurate a new railway line when his dais exploded. Critically injured Mishra was admitted to hospital where he died the next day. Nobody knows who was responsible for his death but man point to politicians close to Indira for this incident.
After finishing his studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, he visited Siwan to join CPI-ML. While attending a rally in Siwan on March 31 he was shot dead on the spot. Some allegations suggested that he was killed on the instructions of RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin who was known for his widespread influence in Siwan. Though these allegations were later dropped. His death followed nationwide protests. During one protest in Delhi Sadhu Yadav who is brother in law of Lalu Prasad Yadav started firing openly at the protesting crowd. However, the mystery behind Prasad’s death still remains unsolved.
8. Phoolan Devi
An infamous dacoit from Chambal, Phoolan Devi is well known for her Behmai massacre of 1981 where she slaughtered 22 men of Thakur caste. Not only this, she had a complaint lodged against her for committing 48 heinous crimes. After spending 11 years in jail, she was released after all charged against her were dropped in accordance to her good behaviour and owing to the fact that she surrendered herself. She was elected as a member of the Parliament after winning from Mirzapur, UP. But one thing was true that she had a long list of enemies to adhere to. She was brutally murdered by Sher Singh Rana, Dheeraj Rana and Rajbir outside her house in New Delhi. Though they were arrested later but the main conspirator behind her death still remains a secret.
9. Abdul Ghani Lone
Lone was murdered on May 21, 2002, in the presence of five thousand people and some stringent security. Lone who was a lawyer by profession was also known as a Kashmir separatist. He wanted to end the militancy rule in Kashmir though initially he was a supporter of the same. He longed for an independent Kashmir free from both India and Pakistan. He was murdered on the anniversary of Mirwaiz Maulvi Mohammad Farooq which was done deliberately to send a strong message about the militancy rule in Kashmir. The assassins who killed him fluttered quickly by throwing hand grenades and were dressed in police uniform. Though he was attacked formally in 1966 but he survived the attack. His son Sajjad Lone held the governments of India and Pakistan for the cold-blooded murder of his father.
10. Haren Pandya
Gujarat’s home minister, Haren Pandya was found dead in his car in Ahmedabad in 2003. Sources suggested that he went out for a morning walk but was killed in a shootout. His murder took all people by surprise because the security measures for a minister were supposed to be rigorous. 12 people were arrested on the speculation that a politician and a bureaucrat were involved in this case though they were released after all by the court. Pandya was an important member of Narendra Modi’s ministry and was present at his residence for a meeting post-Gujarat riots. He was even warned by Sanjiv Bhatt, his trusted police officer that times were perilous for him and he should remain watchful at all times.