Hindu Mahasabha
Hindu Mahasabha leader Shakun Pandey shoots at the Gandhi effigy. (Video grab: Twitter)

On the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha celebrated his death and the ‘martyrdom’ of Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Gandhi on January 30, 1948.

Hindu Mahasabha national secretary Puja Shakun Pandey shot at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday, celebrating ‘Martyr’s Day’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh.

After Pandey shot at the Gandhi, ‘blood’ was seen oozing out of the effigy.

According to reports, Pandey also distributed sweets among her supporters and fellow Mahasabha members.

Godse, who killed Gandhi, was allegedly associated with Akhil Bharat Hindumahasabha.

Akhil Bharat Hindumahasabha has always celebrated Gandhi’s death anniversary as ‘Shaurya Divas’ or Martyr’s Day, but they have never gone to the extent of shooting at an effigy of the Mahatma in celebration.

The fringe group of Shakun Pandey is not associated with the original Hindumahasabha.

On Wednesday, the nation observed the 71st death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind led the country in remembering the Father of the Nation.

This story first appeared on January 30, 2019 on India Today here.