A post is being shared widely on social media with a claim that 11 Indian Nuclear Scientists were mysteriously killed between 2009 and 2013. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.
Claim: 11 Indian Nuclear Scientists were mysteriously killed between 2009-2013, during the UPA government.
Fact: In reply to a question asked in the Lok Sabha, Dr. Jitendra Singh has clarified in 2015, during the Modi Government’s first term, that there is nothing ‘mysterious’ in the unnatural deaths of the 11 nuclear scientists. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When searched for information on the deaths of 11 Indian Nuclear Scientists, it was found that many newspapers published about the ‘mysterious’ deaths of 11 nuclear scientists in 2015. The news articles were based on the data released by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), in 2015, that ‘11 nuclear scientists had unnatural deaths during 2009-13’. But, on the DAE website, a Lok Sabha question and answer regarding this issue was found. In December 2015, in reply to a question about the ‘mysterious’ deaths of 11 nuclear scientists during 2009-13, Dr Jitendra Singh (Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office) answered that ‘there were 11 unnatural deaths comprising 9 scientists and 2 research fellows of the Department of Atomic Energy during the period. All these cases of unnatural deaths were investigated by the Police andno case was categorized as ‘mysterious’.” The reasons for each of their deaths can also be found in that reply’s Annexure.
To sum it up, in 2015, during the Modi Government’s first term, the government has clarified that there is nothing ‘mysterious’ in the unnatural deaths of 11 nuclear scientists and has also listed reasons for each of their deaths.
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