Who Killed Indira Gandhi?


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Beant Singh and Satwant Singh killed Indira Ghandi. Both men were members of her security forces. The assassination took place on Oct. 31, 1984 as she walked to an interview behind her private residence.

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Beant Singh was shot to death while in police custody after the assassination. Satwant Singh and an alleged conspirator, Kehar Singh, were hanged in 1989. Both assassins were Sikhs motivated by Indira Ghandi's heavy-handed attempts to tamp down on Sikh nationalism. Her most violent attack had occurred a few months before, in June 1984. Called Operation Blue Star, this assault on the Golden Temple, one of the most sacred buildings in Sikhism, resulted in the deaths of more than 450 civilians and soldiers.

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