Shastri’s son urges Modi govt to speed up declassification of former PM’s files
New Delhi: Congress
leader and son of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Anil Shastri, on
Saturday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government should declassify the
files related to his father and set up an inquiry committee on his death, which
took place suddenly on January 11, 1966 in Tashkent, hours after he had inked
an agreement with Pakistan President Ayub Khan to formally end the second war
between both nations.
“This issue is not
raised today, this has been in discussion since long, as many believe that his
death was not natural. I think the Modi Govt should declassify Shastri ji’s
files, an inquiry committee should be setup,” Anil Shastri said.
“Many people think LB Shastri’s death was not
natural, his face had gone blue, his diary, where he used to write everything
that was missing along with his thermos which he used to keep all the time. He
didn’t have a bell or a telephone in his room. A lot of negligence was there,”
Anil Shastri further
said it is very difficult to say whether anything would come out of the
inquiry, as the eyewitnesses have died now, but added that the files should be
Shastri was 61 at the
time of his death. It was maintained then that he had died of cardiac arrest,
but his family alleged foul play.