Fact Check: Old Video Of Hindu Mahasabha Members Burning Effigy Of Mahatma Gandhi Shared As Recent

A video is being shared on social media where a few people can be seen burning Mahatma Gandhi’s effigy. The video is being shared with a claim that it was taken recently.

Social media users shared the video with the caption: ये है इनका असली चेहरा गोडसे जिंदाबाद का नारा लगा कर अमृत महोत्सव मना रहे है। क्या इन पर देशद्रोह की कार्यवाही नही होनी चाहिए?

(Translation: This is their real face, they are celebrating Amrit Mahotsav by raising the slogan of Godse Zindabad. Shouldn’t they be punished for treason?)

The text embedded in the post read: महात्मा गांधी को जलाकर और ‘महात्मा नाथूराम गोडसे’ अमर रहे का नारा देकर अमृत महोत्सव मनाते भाजपा के गुंडे गांधी जी यही कह रहे होंगे कि हे राम… इन्हें सहद्धि, हो !

(English translation: BJP goons celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav by burning Mahatma Gandhi and giving the slogan ‘Mahatma Nathuram Godse’ immortal rahe)

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the post to be misleading.

We did a keyword search and found the same video in a report by Jansatta which was uploaded on YouTube on January 31, 2019. The video was captioned, “Mahatma Gandhi’s Death Anniversary: Hindu Mahasabha Leader Shoots at Gandhi’s Effigy.”

The same incident was also covered by NDTV in January 2019. The video was shared with the description: Hindu Mahasabha leader Pooja Shakun Pandey, missing since she along with members of the right-wing group enacted the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary last week, was arrested on Tuesday from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh. Her husband, Ashok Pandey, was also taken into custody, the police said.

According to the report, in 2019, Hindu Mahasabha leader Pooja Shakun Pandey shot an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi to mark his 71st death anniversary and the ‘martyrdom’ of Nathuram Godse.

The incident was covered by many news outlets after the video went viral on social media. You can see detailed reports by NDTV and AFP here.

Thus, from the above information, it is clear that the video is old and is being shared with a misleading claim.

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