Hindu Mahasabha activists fired at Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait with a toy gun while Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students hanged an effigy of Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse on the 71st martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Nation, in Aligarh on Wednesday.
The Hindu Mahasabha activists also distributed sweets to ‘celebrate’ the day.
Puja Shakun Pandey, the Hindu Mahasabha national secretary who led the activists, said, “We have been organising the event in a similar fashion every year on this day and offer our prayers to Nathuram Godse who got rid of a man (Mahatma Gandhi) guilty of Partition. What Godse did was delayed but a just act.”
Ashok Pandey, national spokesman for the Hindu Mahasabha, justified the ‘recreation of Gandhi’s assassination scene’ and distribution of sweets to ‘celebrate’ the day.
In a contrasting scene, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students marched with the tricolour and hanged the effigy of Godse.
Their march ended at Bab-e-Syed gate of the AMU campus.
‘It was not a ‘tiranga yatra’, but a march for which we need not have permission in advance. The occasion was the martyrdom day of the Father of Nation whose ideals are very much relevant even today,” said Mohd Salman Imtiaz, Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union president at Bab-e-Syed Gate.
Hamza Sufyan, vice president of AMUSU, said, “Today, in AMU, we hanged Nathuram Godse (effigy), showing that we would not stand in any way with those who spread hatred. We want to remove hatred and discrimination from this country. We led a yatra to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The RSS has been banned three times in the history and they should be banned once again. Also, every other organization who try to spread hatred should be banned.
By hanging Nathuram Godse, we want to show that we will fight against every such ideology with the same intensity.”