The third prime minister of independent India, Indira Gandhi who was also known as the Iron lady of the nation because her strong bold decisions regarding nation’s policies, was assassinated on 31 October, 1984 at 9.20 am in her 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi residence while she was heading to give an interview to British actor Peter Ustinov who was filming a documentary for Irish television. As she moved towards the gate, the bodyguards started firing on her.  Satwant Singh fired 30 rounds from his stun gun and Beant Singh fired five rounds into her and they both threw their weapons after it. For them it was revenge on behalf of the whole Sikh community that they have taken by doing so. In the next six minutes, Beant Singh was killed by Ram saran and Tarsem Singh Jamwal, soldiers of Indo Tibetan Border Police while Satwant Singh was arrested by other bodyguards present in the house.


The news of Gandhi’s demise brought great shock and grief across the nation as the nation has lost one of the finest and absolutely fearless leaders in its history. The blood stained sari and all the other possessions of Indira Gandhi at the time of her assassination have been preserved with great care and respect at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, New Delhi. Beant Singh after the assassination said that he has done what he had to do and she did what she wanted to. Mrs. Indira Gandhi was brought for operation to All Indian institute of medical sciences, where doctors declared her dead at 2.20 pm. Dr. T.D. Dogra headed the team of doctors who conducted the postmortem examination. According to that report, Mrs. Gandhi’s body has sustained 30 bullets from two sources, an SLR and a Pistol. Out of the 31 bullets that were fired to her, only 30 actually hit her body, 23 have passed through the body and 7 were trapped inside. Mrs. Gandhi’s body was brought in a gun carriage through the mourning Delhi roads where people bid her a sad last goodbye on the morning of November 1 to Teen Murti Bhavan where her father, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stayed. Dr. T.D. Dogra established the relationship of the bullets with the weapons found at the spot. The bullets do matched with the weapons of CSFL, New Delhi. The demise of Mrs. Indira Gandhi brought great anger among the people against the Sikh community and there emerged a lot of tension in the state.


Indira Gandhi death was a shock for the entire nation. Everyone was sad as she was a good leader.