New Delhi: Mr. Rajiv Gandhi had even before Indira Gandhi’s assassination suspected Satwant Singh who used to stand at the gate dividing No. 1 Safdarjung Road and 1 Akbar Road, the Prime Minister’s official residence.
In an interview with him Sunday he was asked, “Did you really suspect one of the Sikh bodyguards, and want him out before the assassination?”’
Mr. Gandhi replied “yes, that young boy who used to stand at the Akbar Road gate; that was Satwant and I had pointed him out. You see, I used to have meetings at Akbar Road at night, and often as we were walking back to the living quarters at one o’clock or two o’clock a couple of times, I wondered at his behavior. He would stand there with his gun pointing straight (at me) I used to think, you know I have my security chaps around me, but if he just presses that trigger, nobody can stop him at this range, he is already in position. After that he was shifted from that place. But then he came back.