Incident Summary:

1/2/1975: The Indian Railway Minister, Lalit Narayan Mishra, was assassinated in Samastipur, Bihar, India. A bomb exploded at a rally that he was holding in the region, wounding LN Mishra, a legislator and two guards. All four died of their injuries. While the group Ananda Marga has been suspected of being involved in the attack, there have been no claims of responsibility and no convictions of individuals.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred in the town

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Railway Minister of India and legislator
Specific Description Lalit Narayan Mishra and a legislator
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Guards
Specific Description 2 Guards
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
No additional information available.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The case is very unclear and there are many rumors about who may have been involved. Despite some people being brought to trial, no convictions have resulted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ananda Marga (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Leaders of India Irate at Killing: Death of Accused Minister Laid to 'Fascist Forces'," New York Times, January 5, 1975.
Dhananjay Mahapatra, "SC: Why has LN Mishra murder trial dragged for 37 years?", The Times of India, December 16, 2011.