On this day October 31, 1984

Indira Gandhi, India’s first and to date only female prime minister, was assassinated by two of her own bodyguards, sparking riots throughout the country.

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi

As she was walking to be interviewed by the British actor Peter Ustinov filming a documentary for Irish television, she passed a wicket gate, guarded by Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.

They then opened fire with Sten submachine guns. Afterwards they were arrested by her other bodyguards. Satwant Singh and Beant Singh wanted to avenge the desecration of Harmandir Sahib during Operation Bluestar.

Mrs. Gandhi was rushed to Delhi’s General Hospital immediately after the shooting. She died one hour later, undergoing surgery to remove 7 of the 19 bullets that wounded her. She was cremated on November 3, near Raj Ghat (a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi) and the place was called Shakti Sthal.

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