Symbolic watch lifted by thieves in India

First published: 11-09-2009

A watch which symbolises the friendship between Russia and India has been taken by thieves this week.

Unidentified criminals stole a gold watch which USSR president Alexei Kosygin presented Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of India, when he visited Moscow shortly before the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war.

Anil Shastri, the son of the former prime minister, told Merinews India that a couple who were in the vicinity of the gallery area are being investigated and gave a major insight into his father's selflessness.

He continued: "The Russian prime minister gifted him the watch. But since he was a simple man, he refused to wear the gold watch.

"And he gave that watch to me which I wore for more than 40 years. However, when the memorial was inaugurated in 2005, I donated the watch to the museum."

Lal Bahadur Shastri served between 1964 and 1966, taking over from Gulzarilal Nanda, the interim prime minister who took over for 13 days after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru.

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