One would think that this site would have been better secured.
Thieves in India this week removed some of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes from the ground on what would have been his 150th birthday, the BBC Hindi reported on Thursday.
The ashes of Gandhi were stolen on Wednesday from a memorial in Rewa, in Madhya Pradesh state in central India, where they had been buried since his assassination in 1948 by a Hindu extremist. The perpetrators also scrawled the word “traitor” in green paint across posters of the independence leader.
Local police in Rewa confirmed to the BBC that they were investigating the incident on three separate counts, including “imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration,” “intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace,” and “statements conducing to public mischief.”
The caretaker of the Bapu Bhawan memorial, the site where the former independence leader was buried, denounced the theft as “shameful.”
“I opened the gate of the Bhawan early in the morning because it was Gandhi’s birthday……… When I returned at around 11 pm, I found the mortal remains of Gandhi missing and his poster was defaced.”Mangaldeep Tiwari
Bapu Bhawan Caretaker
Investigations into the incident began after the leader of the local Congress political party, Gurmeet Singh, filed a complaint. Singh told the same website that “Gandhi’s ideology has been shamed again” and that the attack must have been carried out by Hindu nationalists who were follower’s of Gandhi’s killer.
alternate source: The Wire