People may think that thief of Shastri’s wristwatch may be a lesser crime than hiding the records related to the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri. People may say: Patriotic film maker Manoj Kumar greater than the ruling ministers who are hiding the facts related to Lal Bahadur Shastri by not providing the information asked by Anuj Dhar u/RTI(Right to Information Act). Is not killing of RTI related to the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri?
Second Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur was born on October 2nd, 1904 at Pantnagar of Mughalsarai, seven miles from Kashi. Mahatma Gandhi was also born on the same day 35 years before Shastriji. Shastri was poisoned at Tashkent most probably.
The government wants to hide the facts about the killing of Lal Bahadur Shastri. But here is a Bahdur (Brave) patriotic actor as well as patriotic film maker, Manoj Kumar who is going to make a film on Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Hindustan Times reported on August 17, 2009: We last heard Manoj Kumar's tiff with Farah Khan and SRK over Om Shanti Om episode. But now, the veteran actor has moved ahead in life after burying the hatchet with both Farah and SRK. He is now ready with the script of a film on India's third Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Manoj Kumar has reportedly Aamir Khan in his mind for the film. Last time, Manoj was eager to cast Amitabh Bachchan in a movie. But since the megastar was busy with various other projects, the film could not take off.
People may say: Patriotic film maker Manoj Kumar greater than the ruling ministers who are hiding the facts related to the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
TOI reported on Sept 9, 2009: Thieves struck at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial in high security Ashoka Road area last week, and made away with a rare gold watch a symbol of friendship between erstwhile USSR and India.
The unidentified thieves took away a gold wristwatch presented to second Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri by his counterpart Alexei Kosygin when the former visited Moscow just before the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. The watch was kept in a glass case at the memorial which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005.
"I was in first year of college. I remember that my father was unaware that it was a gold watch. He told me that he came from a humble family and he did not know how to handle expensive gifts. He presented the watch to me. I wore the watch for 40 years before handing it over to the memorial museum,'' said Anil Shastri, Lal Bahadur's Shastri's son and special invitee to the Congress Working Committee. He is also the holding trustee of the museum which displays over 800 items belonging to the late Prime Minister.
The theft came to light on September 3 but the authorities of the memorial, located adjacent to the AICC headquarters, reported the matter to the police only four days later.
According to curator Kundan Singh, the theft was detected by memorial director professor A K Das around 3.30pm, hours before the visiting time was to end. "Das reported the incident to me. We immediately formed an internal committee and probed if any of the 15 staff members or security staff were involved. The probe was initially to be completed in two days but the director wanted to be absolutely sure before he approached the police. The complaint was lodged four days later on September 7,'' said Anil Shastri.
A case of theft has been registered at the Tughlaq Road police station. "We sent our crime team to lift fingerprints but sadly the police was called in late. The caretaker was on leave that day. There are no CCTV cameras at the memorial and neither is any alarm system in place. We are investigating the matter,'' said Shankar Dash, additional commissioner of police, New Delhi district.
According to Anil Shastri, CPWD had been approached for installation of CCTV cameras and alarm system. "Our own investigations have revealed that a particular couple had been lingering in the gallery area for a long time that day. We have informed the police about this,'' he said.
A senior investigating officer maintained that even the basic security drill at the museum was not being carried out. "It is shocking that visitors coming out are not properly checked. The glass casket containing the watch was stuck with chemicals and kept in the display room that exhibits Shastri's personal items like glasses and his favourite Mont Blanc pen. It takes time to cut through the glass cover. But none of the three attendants supposed to keep an eye on the gallery noticed it,'' added the officer.
"It is a personal loss for the family. Not only did that watch have an emotional and historical connected, I presume it was one of the rarest Russian-made watches in the country. It's value in the auction market will be no less than several lakhs,'' said Anil Shastri. He added that he had not expected such a theft to take place at the memorial of an "honest man".
People may think that thief of Shastri’s wristwatch may be a lesser crime than hiding the records related to the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
By Premendra Agrawal