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Cause of Shasthri ji death still a mystery…..

In post on October 2, 2011 at 5:54 am

Mystery of Shastri’s Death
Although officially it was maintained that Shastri died of heart attack, his widow, Lalita Shastri, persistently alleged that her husband was poisoned. Many believed that Shastri’s body’s turning blue was evidence of his poisoning. Indeed a Russian butler attending to him was arrested on suspicion of poisoning Shastri, but was later absolved of charges.

In 2009, when Anuj Dhar, author of CIA’s Eye on South Asia, asked the Prime Minister’s Office under an RTI plea (Right to Information Act), that Shastri’s cause of death be made public, the PMO refused to oblige, citing that this could lead to harming of foreign relations, cause disruption in the country and cause breach of parliamentary privileges.

The PMO did reveal however that it had in its possession one document related to Shastri’s death, but refused to declassify it. The government also admitted that no post-mortem examination had been conducted on him in the USSR, but it did have a report of a medical investigation conducted by Shastri’s personal physician Dr. R.N. Chugh and some Russian doctors. Furthermore, the PMO revealed that there was no record of any destruction or loss of documents in the PMO having a bearing on Shastri’s death. As of July 2009, the home ministry is yet to respond to queries whether India conducted apostmortem and if the government had investigated allegations of foul play.

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