23rd March 12:29 AM
Leader of Hindu group arrested for shooting effigy of Mahatma Gandhi
By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 07/02/2019
Hindu Mahasabha's Pooja Shakun Pandey had shot an air pistol at Mahatma Gandhi's effigy

A leader of a fringe Hindu right‑wing group in India has been arrested after a video of her shooting an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi went viral.

The Hindu Mahasabha had organised an event to "celebrate" the 71st anniversary of Gandhi's assassination.

In the video, Pooja Pandey shoots the effigy with an air pistol after garlanding a picture of Nathuram Godse, who shot the independence leader.

Gandhi has long been seen as too moderate by some right‑wing Hindus.

Police had been seeking Pandey's arrest since the video, believed to have been released by her group, emerged last week.

Two police teams were deployed to track her and her husband, who also features prominently in the footage.

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