Aligarh, January 30, 2019: In an appalling incident of blatant provocation, fringe group Hindu Mahasabha’s national secretary Puja Shakun Pandey shot Mahatma Gandhi’s effigy using an artificial gun, following which ‘blood’ oozed out of the effigy. The shocking incident took place in Aligarh on January 30 (Wednesday), a day observed across the country as ‘Martyr’s Day’ in order to commemorate Gandhi’s death anniversary.
In a bid to "celebrate" Gandhi’s assassination, the Hindu Mahasabha leader also garlanded the statue of Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist who had killed Gandhi in 1948. Apart from that, Pandey distributed sweets among her supporters as well.
In the past too, the Hindu Mahasabha has celebrated January 30 as ‘Shaurya Diwas’, where they would distribute sweets and garland Godse’s statue. However, this is possibly the first time when the fringe group has resorted to such macabre celebrations. Nation remembers Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st death anniversary
In the video, a smiling Puja Shakun Pandey, dressed in saffron, can be seen aiming an artificial gun at Gandhi’s effigy. She presses the trigger after which a dark-red-colour liquid starts flowing from the effigy, as seen in the video. While the rest of the nation hails Mahatma Gandhi for his contribution to India’s freedom struggle, the Hindu Mahasabha has held Gandhi responsible for India’s Partition that led to the birth of Pakistan.
Eight people, including Nathuram Godse, faced trial in court in connection with the Mahatma Gandhi murder case. Out of the five remaining accused, three of them - Gopal Godse, Madanlal Pahwa and Vishnu Ramakrishna - were sentenced to life imprisonment, while two of them - Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte - were sentenced to death. Godse was hanged to death on 15 November 1949 at Ambala jail.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation on Wednesday in paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st death anniversary.
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