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Indian Army had plotted coup to topple Rajiv Gandhi govt in 1987,Claims Retired Lt General Hoon

Indian Army had plotted coup to topple Rajiv Gandhi govt in 1987,Claims Retired Lt General Hoon
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Explosive revelations were made by Lt Gen P N Hoon, a former Army commander of the prestigious Western Command in his recently released book 'The Untold Truth' that a plot was hatched by Army to topple Rajiv Gandhi government in the late 80s. Three crack para-commando battalions including one from the Western Command were mobilized to move for action in Delhi .In chapter-10 titled 'Giani Zail Singh vs Rajiv Gandhi' in his just-released book, 'The Untold Truth', Hoon mentioned that the plan for a coup was hatched at the behest of certain very senior politicians who did not share cordial relations with Rajiv. The 86-year-old Hoon has claimed there was a plot to topple Rajiv Gandhi's government in 1987 and the then Army chief General Krishnaswami Sundarji and Lt Gen S F Rodrigues, the vice chief of Army, who went on to become Army chief were involved in the plot. The Lt Gen states that at his farewell function in 1987 hosted by the then Punjab governor Siddharth Shankar Ray in Chandigarh, Giani Zail Singh had blamed Rajiv Gandhi of corruption and negligence. Singh also said Rajiv was not bothered about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Hoon has claimed that as chief of the Western Command in May-June 1987 ,he received a message that a letter had been received at command headquarters from army HQ seeking three para-commando battalions to be placed under Rodrigues. The battalions included the First-Para Commando(under the Western Command) and the 9th and 10th Para Commando which were under the Northern and Southern Commands. Hoon said he immediately briefed Rajiv and his principal secretary Gopi Arora about the development and showed them the letter demanding special forces as evidence and VC Shukla, who a cabinet minister in Congress-led government, was aware of this possible army action. Giani Zail Singh, who feared that the action against the government could transfer the power to the armed forces, didn't pursue his plan.

Updated : 4 Oct 2015 5:12 PM GMT
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