Even as the country was observing the death anniversary of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi, members of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha chose to instead shoot and set on fire his effigy in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
On January 30, 1948, Nathuram Godse had shot three bullets at Gandhi in Delhi, resulting in his death. Ever since the day has been observed in India as Martyrs' Day.
Puja Shakun Pandey, the national secretary of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group shot at an effigy of the Mahatma, while other members of the group surrounded and applauded her.
Watch: Hindu Mahasabha recreates Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination; shoots Gandhi's effigy pic.twitter.com/jhCKmvjAMe— Afroz Alam (@AfrozJournalist) January 30, 2019
In the video, Pandey can be seen shooting the effigy with a toy-gun after which a thick red-colour liquid starts flowing from the effigy.
The group later burnt the effigy and shouted pro-Godse slogans like "Mahatma Nathuram Godse Zindabad". Pandey even distributed sweets among her supporters and members of the group, according to reports.
According to a report, the Aligarh police has registered a case against Pandey and 10 other people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code such as 147 (rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), but no arrests have been made as of yet.