On 31 October 1984, two of Gandhi’s bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, shot her with their service weapons in the garden of the Prime Minister’s residence at 1 Safdarjung Road, New Delhi. The shooting occurred as she was walking past a wicket gate guarded by Satwant and Beant.

The guardhouse from where prime minister Indira Gandhi’s Sikh bodyguards sprang out to empty 31 bullets into her. The spot where Indira Gandhi was assassinated is marked by a glass

She was to be interviewed by the British actor Peter Ustinov, who was filming a documentary for Irish television. Beant Singh shot her three times using his side-arm and Satwant Singh fired 30 rounds. Beant Singh and Satwant Singh dropped their weapons and surrendered.

Afterwards, they were taken away by other guards into a closed room where Beant Singh was shot dead. Kehar Singh was later arrested for conspiracy in the attack. Both Satwant and Kehar were sentenced to death and hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

The sari Indira Gandhi was wearing when she was assassinated


Indira Gandhi's son, Rajiv (2nd R), his wife Sonia
Indira Gandhi funeral – Shakti Sthal 1984     Image:Bedi/AFP/Getty Images
Shakti Sthal today.  The place where Indira Gandhi was cremated

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