Dharamsala: United States-based collector James Otis, who was in the news recently for auctioning a set of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal belongings, has claimed that he has rarer items of the Father of the Nation, including his blood drops. He was ready to “negotiate” with the Indian government for their return.

Among the articles were a copy of Harijan, a journal edited by Gandhiji, cotton clothes spun by him and his blood, Mr. Otis, who was spotted at McLeodganj on Saturday evening, told the media here.

The 45-year-old Otis, grandson of the owner of the reputed Otis Lift Company, said the blood drops were collected from the site of the Mahatma’s assassination. An Indian national had given Gandhiji’s ashes and blood drops to a Professor in George Mason University of Virginia. Mr. Otis said he also owned about 400 photographs of Gandhiji collected from all over the world and a few signed letters he sent to friends and associates.

Mr. Otis was here to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. He returned to New Delhi on Sunday after he failed to meet him. — PTI