The national secretary general of the Hindu Mahasabha Shakun Pandey, who shot against an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi and the garland of a statue of Nathuram.
In a post shared on Facebook, March 19, 2017, Pandey was seen with the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the Union Minister, Uma Bharti. However, the post seems to have been removed, according to NDTV.
In the Aligarh of Uttar Pradesh, Pandey shot an effigy of Gandhi with an artificial weapon, after what “blood” gushed out of her, Times Now reported.
In a video, Pandey is seen pointing at the effigy before pulling the trigger, when it is stopped by the person behind the camera, who can be heard saying: “Nahna Chana Abhi toh photo session ho raha hai ( Do not shoot yet, right now, it’s the photo shoot.)
Pandey also made a garland of a statue of Godse, after which she distributed sweets among her supporters.
The police have registered cases against 13 people, including Pooja Shakun Pandey. Two people have been arrested and the rest fled, NDTV reported.
This is not the first time that the Hindu Mahasabha marks the anniversary of Gandhi’s death in that way. The saffron team generally observes January 30 as ‘Shaurya Divas’ and distributes sweets to mark the occasion.
This is because, while the nation celebrates Gandhi as the “Father of the Nation,” the marginal group holds him responsible for the partition of India.
Meanwhile, throughout the country, several politicians and leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st death anniversary.
Gandhi was shot to death by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi. Godse was convicted of the murder and executed the following year.