Sunil Shastri to raise father’s death issue
India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son Sunil Shastri will raise the issue of his father’s death during a seminar on Netaji, which will be organised on December 5 by the Nationalist Trinamool Congress of Mukul Roy, the erstwhile Railways Minister and ex-general secretary of the Trinamool
“Sunil Shastri has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declassify all files related to his father Lal Bahadur Shastri’s mysterious death in Tashkent barely one day after signing the Tashkent agreement after the war with Pakistan in 1966. We expect him to raise the issue of declassification of Netaji files as well as files on his father since the topic of this seminar is Resurgence of Netaji. The family suspects a link between Netaji’s disappearance mystery and his father’s death,” Purabi Roy, retired professor of International Relations at Jadavpur University told Millennium Post.Roy is chairing the seminar on Netaji.
It is maintained that Shastri had died of cardiac arrest but his family alleges foul play.
“It is known that PM Shastri wanted to inquire about Netaji’s disappearance mystery and form a committee to investigate it. But he died prematurely,” said Roy.
Sunil Shastri earlier said he had appealed to the previous Manmohan Singh government but nothing was done.
The previous government refused to reveal information saying they were classified documents.
Other speakers of the seminar like Major General G D Bakshi is a researcher on Netaji and a specialist on Netaji related documents belonging to the British MI5.
The other panelist at the seminar will be Chitra Ghosh, Netaji’s neice and Sarat Bose’s youngest daughter.
Another speaker, Probir Chakraborty is a specialist on the INA — Indian National Army — led by Subhas Chandra Bose which fought valiantly to drive the British empire from India. The seminar will be held at Vidya Mandir in the city on December 5.