Indian Politicians who died mysterious deaths
Politicians steer the course of the citizens and the country they serve. Their deaths leave behind questions that need to be answered. Here is a list of 10 politicians who were significantly influential and whose deaths point towards unsolved mysteries:
The Home Minister of Gujrat, Haren Pandya was murdered while sitting in his car after a morning walk in Ahmedabad. Pandya was a strong supporter of Kesubhai Patel and therefore an obstruction to Narendra Modi.
In 2011, all who were accused of murdering Pandya were acquitted of the murder charges by Gujrat High court. The court wasn’t happy with the CBI investigation when it categorically called the investigation “bloched and blinkered”.
Haren Pandya’s wife, Jagruti Pandya in 2012 said, “My husband’s assassination was a political murder. For the last 10 years I have been fighting a legal battle to get him justice but in vain, however, I will continue to fight”.
She also went on to accuse Narendra Modi referring to him while saying, “ BJP has not remained a party with an ideology but it has become a one man outfit here.”
She founded the Gujrat Parivartan Party in an attempt to counter BJP presence and get solace and redemption for her late husband.
YS Rajashekhar Reddy
YSR, as he was popularly called was a 2-time chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. On 2 September 2009 his BELL 430 helicopter crashed into the forests of Nallamala in Andhra Pradesh. The bodies were so charred that they had to be identified by clothes.
Some say that it was bad whether which made the helicopter go off course. Others say that there was a problem in the transmission pressure fuel that caused the crash.
According to a local news channel, about 122 people across the state committed suicide only on hearing of YSR’s death.
After his death, YSR’s son Jagan started his own party and resigned from the congress. As a result, he won by a margin of 5,45,000 votes(surpassing his father’s record margin of 4,20,000)
YSR was also under investigation from the CBI on charges of corruption and murder. With his sinister yet influential persona, the death of YSR still remains a mystery.
Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee
He was a minister in the Nehru Cabinet. But, after falling out with Nehru he founded the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, which later became the Bhratiya Janata Party. He was at the helm of Hindu Nationalism in India.
In 1951, Jammu and Kashmir was given a special status(with a Prime Minister of its own) by Nehru which could deny the entry of individuals into the state.
Mookerjee, in protest to that step foot in the state and went on a hunger strike in May 1953. Sheikh Abdullah was the Prime Minister of J&K who is the grandfather of the present CM of J&K (Omar Abdullah). He took Mookerjee into custody without offering a fair trial and housed him in an old, wrecked building.
On 23 May, Mookerjee was pronounced dead while in custody. He was rushed to the hospital but was administered drugs that he was allergic to. It is claimed that the doctors already knew about the allergy but still went on to inject those drugs in his body. Atal Bihari Vajpayee later called this a part of ‘Nehru Diplomacy’. But, much truth about his death is buried under Political Blankets and the truth is yet to be known.
Lal Bahadur Shastri
The 3rd Prime minister of India who played a major role in getting this country the independence it deserved died on 11 January 1966 in Tashkent, USSR.
He was there to sign the historic Tashkent agreement between India and Pakistan that put an end to the 1965 War. He dies the following day.
It is claimed that he died of a cardiac arrest before leaving for India. But, his family claims that he was poisoned. Multiple RTI requests on the issue of his death have been subdued or passed on to various ministries of government and have not been answered yet.
The government claims to have no record of his post-mortem or of an investigation probe to look into the cause of the death of the prime minister of the Republic of India.
A 9-time member of parliament who never lost an election since 1971 until his death, Madhavrao Scindia was also one of the few opponents to Sonia Gandhi’s political advancement.
On 30 September 2011, he died in a plane crash near Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. The Cessna C-90 aircraft caught fire mid-air and crashed 120 kms from Lucknow. Bad weather coupled with a cloud burst also supposedly the cause of the crash; the cause of fire is still unknown.
Scindia was a prominent leader remembered for his modernization of the Indian railways as the railways minister in the late 80s. He is also credited for his win against Atal Bihari Vajpayee, future Indian prime minister, by a massive margin from the constituency of Gwalior.
They are still confused. First it was declared that Late Gopinath Munde had died of a cardiac arrest that happened due to a liver rupture. But, later they said it was due to fractures in the cervical that cut-off the oxygen supply to the brain. The real cause is still unknown.
It was his SX4 that got hit by a Tata Indica at 7:30 am on 3 June 2014. He was going to the airport to take a plane to Mumbai from Delhi.
While returning from his constituency, Dausa to the capital of Rajasthan-Jaipur , the 6-time Lok Sabha MP met with a road accident on June 11 2000. His jeep collided with a Rajasthan Roadways Bus and his gunman died on spot. Rajesh Pilot was rushed to the SMS hospital in Jaipur where he succumbed to his injuries the same day.
It is said that Rajesh Pilot was one of the hindrances to Sonia Gandhi becoming the Head of the UPA and further the prime minister that she never became; and therefore she orchestrated his death.
Om Prakash Jindal
On 1 April 2005, O.P Jindal’s King Cobra Helicopter encountered a technical snag and the helicopter crashed in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. O.P. Jindal was the Minister of Power in the government of Haryana. He established the prosperous Jindal Steel and Power in Haryana.
He has 4 sons among whom the business of the $17 Billion O.P. Jindal Group is equally divided and each son manages their business independently.
Sardar Beant Singh
He was the chief minister of Punjab during the period of the Punjab insurgency and the peak of the Khalistani movement. The Punjab police were successful in curbing the pro-Khalistan militancy under his rule.
His death came about in a car-bombing on 31 August 1995 in Chandigarh by the Khalistani group Babbar Khalsa. It was a case of suicide bombing. The standby bomber Balwant Singh Rajona confessed to his role in 1997 and sentenced to death on October 2010. IT was Balwant who tied the bomb on the chest of the bomber- Dilawar Singh Babbar.
On 28 March 2012, due to clemency appeals from various Sikh organization including the powerful SGPC, Indian home ministry stayed his execution.
On 23 March 2013, the Akal Takht awarded him the title of ‘ Living Martyr’ and the sucide bomber; Dilawar singh Babbar was called ‘ National Martyr’.
A Gold- medalist for his contribution as the Indian Army Intelligence Corps in the Bangladesh war, the 2-time Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh went missing for upto 5 days in April 2011. His Pawan Hans helicopter was later found crashed near Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The crash has been blamed on the copter, but it was put into service only a year back. The chopper was a single engine chopper while aviation norms mandate a twin-engine only to be used for flying. The chopper crossed the Sela pass and went close to the China border towards the East, which wasn’t the route to be taken while returning to Tawang. The death was extremely unwarranted and is still under question.