Gujarat police on Monday arrested six – eight Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha members for celebrating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse at a temple in Surat’s Limbayat area on Sunday.
The activists had organised the event within the premises of the Suryamukhi Hanuman temple and were arrested as a result of it. The place was allegedly helmed by Hiren Sumra alias Hiren Mashru, a member of the Hindu Mahasabha who is also a priest at the temple.
During the celebration, Hindu Mahasabha members lit up diyas around Godse’s photograph, exchanged sweets and sang hymns in the temple premise. They also recorded videos and took photographs of the event.
According to reports, the men — Hiren Mashru, Vala Bharwad, Viral Malvi, Hitesh Sonar, Yogesh Patel and Manish Kalal — have been arrested under IPC sections 153 (provocation with an intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups, doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 153B (making assertions prejudicial to national integration).
According to The Indian Express‘ report, about 15 youths attended the event which was filmed by the cameraperson of a local television channel which then aired the event, and video clips were circulated on social media following which the men were arrested on Monday.