FIR against Hindu Mahasabha members in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior for distributing 'derogatory pamphlets' on Mahatma Gandhi

An FIR was registered against some activists of Hindu Mahasabha for allegedly distributing pamphlets containing 'objectionable words' about Mahatma Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior

Press Trust of India November 16, 2019 23:32:06 IST
FIR against Hindu Mahasabha members in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior for distributing 'derogatory pamphlets' on Mahatma Gandhi
  • An FIR was registered against some activists of Hindu Mahasabha for allegedly distributing pamphlets containing objectionable words about Mahatma Gandhi

  • The pamphlets distributed on 14 November in Daulatganj area of the city also praised Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse

  • On Friday, the Mahasabha observed Godse's death anniversary and demanded his statements during the trial be included in the school curriculum

Gwalior: An FIR was registered against some activists of Hindu Mahasabha for allegedly distributing pamphlets containing "objectionable words" about Mahatma Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior, police said on Saturday. No arrests have been made thus far. The pamphlets distributed on 14 November in Daulatganj area of the city also praised Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.

FIR against Hindu Mahasabha members in Madhya Pradeshs Gwalior for distributing derogatory pamphlets on Mahatma Gandhi

File image of Mahatma Gandhi. PTI

On Friday, the Mahasabha had observed Godse's death anniversary and demanded that his statements during the assassination trial be included in the school curriculum in the state. "A day before Mahasabha activists observed Godse's anniversary, its activists on Thursday allegedly distributed the pamphlets (describing Mahatma Gandhi in an objectionable manner) in Daulatganj," said Kotwali police station in-charge Vivek Ashthana.

He said the FIR was lodged by one Ravindra Singh Chouhan alleging that the language used in the handbills had hurt the sentiments of Gandhians. A case has been filed against Mahasabha members Naresh Batham and others under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Gwalior Zone, Raja Babu Singh said police are going through the video footage of the Mahasabha's Friday programme to observe Godse's death anniversary.

When contacted, Mahasabha national vice-president Jaiveer Bharadwaj said registration of the case shows the "dictatorial attitude" of the Congress-led government in the state. "I am not aware of the case, but we will present our side in court of law. We will also hold programmes like the one organised on Friday inside our houses. We have rights to organise 'Puja' in our houses," Bharadwaj said.

Mahasabha members had performed 'aarti' of Godse and Narayan Apte, the co-conspirator who too was hanged for Gandhi's assassination, at their office in Gwalior. Godse was hanged at Ambala jail on 15 November, 1949. On 15 November, 2017, the Mahasabha had installed a bust of Godse at its office here after performing the ritual of 'pran pratishtha' (consecration). It was removed by authorities following a furore.

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