Six Surat Hindu Mahasabha men held for celebrating Godse birthday

Six Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha activists have been arrested for celebrating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse at the Suryamukhi Hanuman temple in Limbayat area of Surat on Sunday.

The event was allegedly organised by Hiren Sumra alias Hiren Mashru, a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha who is also a priest at the temple. About 15 youths are reported to have attended it. The organisers had invited a cameraperson of a local television channel. They lit about 100 lamps and distributed sweets as part of the celebration. The television channel aired the event, and video clips were circulated on social media.

The Surat police then picked up Sumra and five others – Wala Bharwad, Viral Malvi, Hitesh Sonar, Yogesh Patel, Manish Kalal, all residents of Sanjay Nagar in Limbayat – from the temple. They were later arrested and booked under IPC Sections 153 (provocation with an intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups, doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 153B (making assertions prejudicial to national integration).…