Himani Savarkar (68), a leader of radical Hindu organisation Abhinav Bharat and a member of Hindu nationalist organisation Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, passed away here on Sunday evening after a prolonged illness.
Savarkar, known to be a proponent of radical brand of Hindu right-wing politics, was the daughter of Gopal Godse, one of the conspirators of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and the niece of Nathuram Godse. She was also the daughter-in-law of Narayan Savarkar, brother of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
A senior member of Hindu Mahasabha told The Indian Express that Savarkar was bedridden for the last six months with brain tumour and had also undergone surgery. She is survived by her son Satyeki, his wife and children.
Savarkar was an architect by profession and joined active politics around 2000. She had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2004 and 2009, respectively.
The activities of Abhinav Bharat had come under the lens of investigating agencies after some of its members were arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts. Their role was also probed in other acts of terror in India.
Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad had recorded Savarkar’s statement in connection with the Malegaon case.
The last rites of Savarkar will be performed on Monday.