The True Story of the Tashkent Files

In the 1965 Indo-Pak war, India’s military force under Shastri ‘s leadership was established and the resolution was passed by the United Nations demanding that the two countries agree to sign a ceasefire.  In Tashkent (then Russia) Lal Bahadur Shastri and the then Pakistani Prime Minister Ayub Khan have then entered into a peace agreement in Tashkent that would bring an end to the 17day war, known as the Tashkent Agreement. The talks were then mediated by India’s ally Russia.  This is the controversy about the death of late Indian PM who inspired the film The Tashkent Files.

A few hours after the agreement was signed on 10 January 1966, after a light meal which the Indian ambassador TN Kaul’s staff had prepared, Jan Mohammad, returned to his room with a glass of milk and went to sleep.

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As reported in the news, at 1:25 a.m. (January 11, 1966), Shastri woke up to be coughing, so odd as that sounded, that he did not have any intercom in his house; thus, he must go to another room to ask someone to call his doctor, Dr. Chugh. Unfortunately, Shastri was struggling for his last breath by the time Dr. Chugh had reached his house.  While later reports that emerged after the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri attribute his death to a heart attack, there are many doubts about his credibility.

The then Russian State Security Committee called KGB suspected of poisoning Shastri. KGB and his colleagues were grilled by the Russian butler Ahmed Sattarov, who was in service in Shastri.

When Shastri ‘s body entered New Delhi, his mother found on his body blue patches and accused that his son of being poisoned. The family of Shastri believed that somebody had played a role from within during his death.  The fact that Shastri ‘s body was not postmortem to see if he was indeed emptied is even more disturbing.

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