The Madhya Pradesh Police and state authorities on Tuesday took possession of the bust of Nathuram Godse after collector ordered for its removal.
The 32-inch-tall Nathuram Godse statue was seized after the orders from Gwalior District Collector office following objections raised by several parties and organisations for installing a statue of Godse. Convicted of killing Mahatma Gandhi, Nathuram Godse was hanged to death on November 15, 1949.
The Hindu Mahasabha installed an idol of Nathuram Godse inside their office in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on his 68th death anniversary on November 15.
The Mahasabha had requested for land from the district administration for a temple dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin in the city, but their plea was not entertained.
“The government refused to give us land for the temple, so we created one on our private land,” Hindu Mahasabha VP, Narayan Sharma told.
Sharma also said four political parties helped them to establish the temple, adding the temple was established on their property and that “nobody can change or touch our personal opinions.”
Hindu Mahasabha national Vice President Jaiveer Bharadwaj said, “Nobody should have any objection to this as we have set up the temple in our own space. It is Mahasabha’s own property.”
After the Congress party raised objections, Bharadwaj had also said that the party shouldn’t have any problems as the perspective on Gandhi has changed with time. He also added that Gwalior is the karmashthali where Nathuram Godse stayed for one week prior to Gandhi’s assassination and that it is also where he (Godse) acquired a gun to assassinate Gandhi.
Nathuram Vinayak Godse was a Hindu nationalist, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi; shooting him in the chest three times at point-blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.
The Congress had called it an anti-national act.