On this day, May 21, in the year 1991, former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by members of a militant organisation of Sri Lanka called Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The horrific incident brought the country in a state of shock. Here are some of the shocking details about the incident of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

  1. The blast occurred at 10.20 P.M. on May 21, 1991 when Rajiv Gandhi got down from his car to address a public meeting at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
  2. The explosion ripped off a major portion of Gandhi’s head.
  3. More than a dozen persons were also feared killed in the explosion.
  4. Gandhi’s body was lying in a pool of blood along with several other unidentified bodies.
  5. Security men immediately cordoned off the area and were trying to rush the casualties to the nearby hospitals.
  6. The explosion, which took place at the venue of the public meeting about 10 metres the dais, was heard from even 200 metre away.
  7. Gandhi was jostling with party men and admirers at the time of the explosion. When the police and party leaders including G.K. Moonpanar realised the import of the explosion, they found Gandhi’s body with his head smashed.
  8. On identifying his body, Congressmen broke down. They were in state of shock.
  9. Immediately after the explosion people ran for helter-skelter.
  10. Wailing men shouted, beating their chests, “Rajiv enge, enge” (where, where).