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31 Jan 2019

Hindu Mahasabha leaders detained for shooting Gandhi's effigy

Gandhi's effigy shot: Two Hindu Mahasabha members detained

Hindu Mahasabha's recreation of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination on Wednesday stirred a controversy after which two members of the right-wing outfit were detained by Aligarh police. The Uttar Pradesh police also booked nine other members.

Notably, while entire country remembered the father of the nation on his 71st death anniversary, Hindu Mahasabha chose to insult him by shooting his effigy.

The incident was widely condemned.

In context

Gandhi's effigy shot: Two Hindu Mahasabha members detained
Backstory: The outfit recreated his assassination, distributed sweets

Context

Backstory: The outfit recreated his assassination, distributed sweets

As part of the 'recreation', Pooja Shakun Pandey, the National Secretary of the outfit, pulled the trigger of an artificial gun and the effigy bled.

If this wasn't insulting enough, she distributed sweets among supporters and garlanded the photo of Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi's assassin.

For years now, the Hindu Mahasabha has been observing Shaurya Diwas on January 30 to 'celebrate' the Mahatma's death.

Beliefs

But why does the outfit hate Gandhi?

Hindu Mahasabha holds Mahatma Gandhi responsible for India's partition in 1947. They also blame him for widespread communal riots in which 'lakhs of Hindus died'.

While the outfit has always celebrated his death, this year they hit a new low.

Visibly proud of her actions, Pooja said she started a new tradition. She also equated his assassination to the burning of Ravana's effigy on Dusshera.

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"Mahatma Nathuram Godse amar rahe," chant Hindu Mahasabha members

An FIR was registered under relevant sections of IPC

Action

An FIR was registered under relevant sections of IPC

After the video surfaced, an FIR was lodged against nine people, including Pooja and four unidentified persons at Gandhi Park police station.

The FIR was registered under IPC Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 295 A (Deliberate act intended to outrage feelings) and 153A (promoting enmity).

Circle Officer Neeraj Kumar Jadaun revealed the outfit had not taken permission for organizing the event.

Police swings to action after video goes viral

"Two of the named accused, Manoj Saini and Abhishek, who are seen in the video, were detained. Manoj was seen burning the effigy in the video. The investigation would reveal who circulated the video," Jadaun added.

Defense

Meanwhile, Hindu Mahasabha's spokesperson says they didn't do anything wrong

Despite the criticism over the macabre act, Hindu Mahasabha didn't find anything off.

Spokesperson of the body, Ashok Pandey, who was also present at the event, said, "We don't find anything wrong in it because the country celebrates Ravana dahan as well by recreating the scene."

He revealed Pooja, who came from Kumbh, went to New Delhi after the event.

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What did Hindu Mahasabha do?

Who shot the Mahatma's effigy?

Why does Hindu Mahasabha hate Mahatma Gandhi?

Has police taken any action?

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What did Hindu Mahasabha do?

Asked on 31-01-2019 by Navya Venkatesan

Answered by NewsBytes

Hindu Mahasabha recreated Mahatma Gandhi's assassination on January 30, 2019. A member of the group shot his effigy.

Who shot the Mahatma's effigy?

Asked on 31-01-2019 by Muhammad Yadav

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Mahatma Gandhi's effigy was shot by Pooja Shakun Batra, the national secretary of Hindu Mahasabha.

Why does Hindu Mahasabha hate Mahatma Gandhi?

Asked on 31-01-2019 by Shreya Jain

Answered by NewsBytes

Hindu Mahasabha holds Mahatma Gandhi responsible for the partition which led to the death of many Hindus.

Has police taken any action?

Asked on 31-01-2019 by Aditya Das

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes. An FIR was registered by the police and two members were detained.

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