Ex-Prime Minister Lal Bahudar Shastri
Ex-Prime Minister Lal Bahudar Shastri

Days after West Bengal government declassified Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s files, Ex-Prime Minister Lal Bahudar Shastri’s son Anil Shastri on Saturday alleged that the former’s demise in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent under suspicious circumstances in 1966 was unnatural, demanding an inquiry into his death.

India’s second PM died under suspicious circumstances on January 11, 1966 in the former Soviet Union where he had signed a peace pact with Pakistan a few hours earlier.

“Many people think Shastri ji’s death was not natural, for his face had turned blue. His diary was missing,” Anil Shastri said, adding that, “His room in Tashkent did not even have bell or telephone. He could not even get first aid.”

The former PM’s son alleged that Indian Embassy was careless while calling upon the Narendra Modi government to “declassify Shastri ji’s files and setting up an inquiry committee.”

Reacting to his remarks, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit questioned his intentions for raising the issue after 45 years of Shashtri ji’s death.

“Why was Anil Shastri quiet for 45 years? This is blackmailing,” Dikshit said.

Shastri died of a heart attack in Tashkent a day after he signed a peace agreement with Pakistani president Ayub Khan on January 10, 1966, four months after the 1965 war between the two neighbours. However, his family members suspect he was murdered.

“My mother, who died in 1993, always believed that he was killed,” Anil Shastri had said earlier in 2010.