Any crime has a reason. Man who turned criminal might give the reason behind the killing. Gandhi was killed by Nathuram Godse. When Gandhi was killed, the country started looking at Godse as a fanatic and there were attacks on his community in Maharashtra. He belongs to Chithpawan Brahmin community.
Who was arrested in killing Gandhi?
Nathuram Godse, Narayana Apte were main accused of assassinating Gandhi, Veer Savarkar was framed in the case as he was against the congress and the then chief of RSS Guruji also known as Madhava Rao Sadasiva Rao Golwalkar was also arrested on suspicion. The weapon used by Nathuram Godse was Beretta M 1934 Semi-automatic pistol.
In later hearings, Godse’s brother, Gopal Godse, Veer Sawarkar, Guru Golwalkar Ji was acquitted and Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte were hanged till their death in Ambala jail on November 15 1949. NathuRam Godse assassinated Gandhi in point-blank range by firing three bullets in his chest.
Why Godse killed Gandhi?
His confession and court hearings were written by Godse and this book was banned by the Congress government. Actually, Godse was well educated and was a journalist as well. He was a patriot and a nationalist. He strived for his country. He was not a person to question his devotion towards his motherland. But he assassinated Gandhi.
As per his statement, he killed Gandhi due to the following reasons:
1. The partition of the country:
He felt that Gandhi was the reason behind the partition of India and being a journalist and the member of Hindu Maha Sabha, he said that Gandhi was partial towards Muslims and Hindus were mistreated and were deprived of their basic rights. Gandhi said that the partition would take place on his dead body but, Gandhi’s efforts to stop the partition was not appreciated by Hindhu Maha sabha and many people.
2. Neglecting Hindu Refugees who migrated from Pakistan:
After the partition, the Pakistan government encouraged the massacre of Hindus in lakhs and many of them migrated to India. When the Hindu refugees came to India there was a single-digit temperature in Delhi and those days were rainy, they were neglected and when they tried to take shelter in Masjids which were left by Muslims who left for Pakistan, Gandhi opposed that. He said those Masjids should not be occupied by the refugees for the sake of shelter and he said his Muslim brother’s property should be protected. Minimum tents were also not provided for the Hindu Refugees.
3. Gandhi’s fasting to give 55 crore arrears to Pakistan:
Pakistan occupied parts of India’s Jammu and Kashmir, which is India’s land legally was occupied by the Pakistan army. By that time, the Indian government stopped paying the second installment of arrear which was amounting 55 Crores to Pakistan. If Pakistan had been trying to attack India and if India gives 55 Crore what would have happened? To pay the arrears, Gandhi started fasting to pay it back to Pakistan.
He said “Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would be powerful with armed forces. No doubt, my own future would be totally ruined, but the nation would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan.” His hanging took place on November 15, 1949.