Prohibitory orders under the CrPC Section 144 were imposed in Meerut on Thursday ahead of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha’s plans to install a statue of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse on Friday. Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by Godse on January 30, 1948.
The Mahasabha has now decided to unveil a bust of Godse at its office here after police cordoned off the area where it initially planned to install his statue and build a temple in his memory.
“The local administration is trying to create hurdles for us, but we will go ahead with our pre-scheduled programme. Nobody can stop us from installing the statue as this is not banned in our country.We will go ahead with our programme in a peaceful manner and are ready to face any consequences,” Ashok Sharma, general secretary of the Mahasabha told The Indian Express on phone.
City Magistrate A K Dubey, however, said: “We have made elaborate security arrangements and will not allow anyone to install statue of Godse as permission for the same has already been denied by the Judicial Magistrate.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers of Priyanka-Rahul Brigade led by Dhirendra Pratap Singh, a minister in the Uttarakhand government, have reached Meerut.
“I have written to (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi and also requested the state Congress leaders to reach Meerut on Friday in large numbers to ensure that none could bring disrepute to the Father of Nation by trying to build a temple of his assassin here. BJP has so far maintained silence over the issue which is deplorable,” said the minister.