Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son wants documents on the former PM’s death declassified

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Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son and Congress leader Anil Shastri on Friday said the NDA government should declassify all documents related to the death of the former prime minister to “clear the air once and for all” around the circumstances of his passing away in 1966. He was speaking on the sidelines of the release of a Punjabi translation of the book “Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership”.

“We want all documents pertaining to Shastriji’s death to be declassified,” Anil Shastri said here while addressing the media. The English version of the book was earlier released by the Dalai Lama. Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent on January 11, 1966, at the age of 61, soon after signing the Tashkent Pact with Pakistan. It was maintained that Shastri died of cardiac arrest but his family had alleged foul play.

When BJP was in opposition, one of their major demands was that the documents related to Shastriji’s death be declassified. Today, I am not asking as a politician, but as a son. Although they have been in power for the past four years, they have not done so although files related to Subhas Chandra Bose were recently declassified. “If the prime minister can take a decision on this and release the findings of the Raj Narain committee report and declassify documents related to Shastriji’s death, I think once and for all, it would clear the air,” Anil said.

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