Indira Gandhi was killed by her two Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
The assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi remains a controversial topic to this day. Many people are still questioning who exactly was responsible for the brutal attack that left her dead at the hands of her Sikh bodyguards. This is why we’re looking back at the assassination and its aftermath to see if we can learn anything from it.
Who killed Indira Gandhi?
On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards while she was walking from her residence to an adjoining building where she had a meeting scheduled with her Cabinet members.
The assassination came as a result of anti-Sikh riots that had erupted in Delhi following the death of Mrs Gandhi’s Sikh bodyguard, Beant Singh, who died after being shot in an attack on the Prime Minister’s motorcade earlier that month.
As a result of these riots, many Sikhs were killed and their properties were looted or burnt down across India.