Story – When Rajiv Gandhi survived attack by an honor guard named Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana in Sri Lanka

On 30 July 1987, a day after Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister went to Sri Lanka and signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, an honor guard named Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana hit him on his shoulder with his rifle; Gandhi’s quick reflexes saved him from injury. The guard was then dragged by his security personnel. The guard said his intention was to kill Gandhi because of “the damage he had caused” to Sri Lanka. Wijemuni was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years for the assault. Rajiv Gandhi later said about the incident: “When I was inspecting the guard of honour and as I walked past one person, I saw through the corner of my eye some movement. I ducked down a little bit in a reflex action. By my ducking, he missed my head and the brunt of the blow came on my shoulder below the left ear.” Once out of jail, Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana contested elections and also became Astrologer.

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