SunMay282017

1975 Bangladesh Coup: What India Knew

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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Mujbur Rahman (extreme left) in Dhaka in 1972

US officials believed that given New Delhi’s intelligence resources, the “general coup plotting over the last eight months was certainly known to” the Indian government. Samar Sen, Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh when the new nation's founding president was assassinated, disputed this notion. India’s foreign office, however, admitted having some vague knowledge of the August 1975 putsch in which President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members.

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