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Hindu Mahasabha activists stopped from installing Godse bust

The much publicised controversial proposal of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha of installing the statue of Nathuram Godse in Meerut, failed to materialise because of the imposition of prohibitory orders under the CrPC Section 144.

Besides, heavy police was deployed near the office of the Hindutva group which has already been sealed by the police last week. Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948, the day which the Hindu Mahasabha celebrates every year as 'Shaurya Divas.'

Now the Mahasabha plans to launch 'Godse Library' to propagate the "worldview" of the "martyr" to the masses across the country.

Because of various kinds of obstacles coming in its way of installing Godse statues at identified places in India, the Hindutva group now plans to install the statues in temple premises. It is in touch with several Saint bodies and temple trusts in Hindi speaking States which have assured it of their support.

The Mahasabha leader in Meerut, Pandit Ashok Sharma and other workers had planned to go ahead with the scheduled programme but since Thursday night the city administration had made heavy police deployment to prevent the installation of the statue.

According to Pandit Ashok Sharma the Hindutva group has submitted a petition in the Allahabad High Court challenging the sealing of the area where the Mahasabha wanted to install the statue of Gandhi's killer.

Mr. Sharma said despite the hostile attitude of the Uttar Pradesh administration, the Mahasabha will install the statue at "any cost."

"In the propagandist history of India, Godse was an evil guy because he killed Gandhi. But we want to tell the masses that he was an ultra nationalist who wanted to stop the division of the country and thereby also stop the bloodshed which marked the division of the 'Akhand Bharat' (unified India)," said Munna Kumar Sharma, nation general secretary of the Hindutva outfit told The Hindu on phone.

"So, we plan to launch series of libraries across the country and to start with in Meerut which will disseminate literature about Godse and his life," he added.

The Mahasabha in its Delhi office, however, performed 'yagna' and organised a 'Sankalp sabha' to fulfil the "dreams of Godse of unified India".

The plans of the Right wing group to release the movie Desh Bhakt Nathuram Godse has already been challenged and the case is pending in a Pune court because of which it has not been released yet.

On December 25, 2014, Mahasabha activists >had performed a ceremony in Meerut for building a “temple” dedicated to Godse, following which the administration ordered a probe into the matter.

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