What Godse and Narayan were doing in Delhi before Gandhi assassination ?
Gandhi assassination was the worst time for India after @ countries partition. The West Prayer was set to begin at the mosque in front of the Marina Hotel in Connaught Place, Delhi.
If it is the month of Ramadan, the fast will be opened as soon as the call is made. A man in a room at the Marina Hotel watches the commotion in the mosque.
It is not known that this person is not aware that when there was severe cold in Delhi on January 17, 1948, Nathu Ram Godse and Narayan came to the same hotel, now called Radisson Blue Marina Hotel.
The time was before eleven o’clock in the morning. Both had booked a room with names like S. Desh Pandey and SN Desh Pandey.
In that era, when booking a room in a hotel like today, no card was required to be displayed.
Marina Hotel Room No. 40
The two friends must have reached Connot Palace in a taxi in fifteen twenty minutes.
They will pass through Albuquerque Road (now January 30th) on their way to the hotel. That day, 79-year-old Mahatma Gandhi was on hunger strike at the Birla House here.
He must have seen that thousands of hearts were rushing to Birla House to end this hunger strike from Gandhi.
Apte and Godse had come to Delhi to kill Gandhi. They found room number 40 on the first floor of the hotel.
Godse and Apte flew from Mumbai to Safdar Jung Airport. The rest of his teammates were coming to Delhi from the train. Till then Palm airport was not yet built, so leave Indira Gandhi airport.
Why Godse and his associates killed Gandhi ?
When he learned that on January 12, 1948, Gandhi was launching his hunger strike from January 13, it was only then that he intended to kill Gandhi.
Gandhi’s youngest son Devdas Gandhi’s granddaughter and author, Scania Bharat Ram says, ‘Godse, Apte and his partner were very angry with Gandhiji for two reasons. Why start a strike? Gandhiji started a hunger strike because Muslims were being killed in Delhi. Their assets were being looted, torture and fire were not even being named. All efforts were failing. ‘
Finally, on January 12, 1948, Gandhi decided to go on a hunger strike with the intention of putting moral pressure on this violent mob.
His son Devdas Gandhi, who was then editor of the India Times, advised Gandhi not to go on hunger strike.
Second, when India was partitioned, government assets were distributed in India and Pakistan. The money in the government treasury was also distributed and Pakistan’s share came to 75 million. The Indian government initially gave Rs 25 crore to Pakistan and Rs 55 crore was saved. Gandhi wanted the money to be given to Pakistan immediately.
Godse and his colleagues were angry with Gandhi for this reaction.
Godse and Apte were now waiting for the rest of their comrades to arrive. They did not come to room.
During the evening, his colleagues, including Madan Lal Pahwa, Vishnu Krake, Gopal Godse, arrived at the Marina Hotel. They came to Delhi with hand grenades, time bombs and pistols.
At Freedom at Midnight, writers Damnick Luper and Larry Collins claim that while Marina was planning to kill Gandhi in a hotel room, Krake asked for whiskey for himself and Opt. Godse did not drink whiskey, he liked it very much. He was often asked for coffee at the Marina Hotel.
Then came January 20
At the Marina Hotel, it was decided that Gandhi would be attacked by a bomb during Pooja January 20. In the meantime all these people kept checking the Birla House.
Nathu Ram Godse, Gopal Godse, Narayan Opte, Vishnu Karkare and Madan Lal Pahwa reached the Birla House by taxi. Apte took the taxi after discussing the rental from Regal with a taxi. Madan Lal Pahwa exploded at Burla House.
It was later discovered that it was a improvised explosive device that did not cause extensive damage.
Madan Lal Pahwa was arrested for the blast.
All these were the money of Gandhi’s life, he intended that the bomb would be dropped during the first pocha and when fugitives were fired there would be fired at Gandhi.
Pahwa and Vishnu Karkare had reached Birla House first. The remaining taxi driver arrived in the taxi of Sarjit Singh.
Surjeet Singh later became an official witness. Madan Lal Pahwa was there as a photographer. After the explosion, his colleagues fled.
Despite failing for the first time, Godse and Apte came to Mumbai from Air India Viking flight for the second time in ten days as they both left for Mumbai after January 20. The Marina did not go to the hotel for fear of the police.
Now the waiting room of the old Delhi railway station was safe.
Godse spent the night in the waiting room with Narayan Apte. They received the news that Gandhi will visit the Sufi Bakhtiar Kaki Dargah in Mehroli on January 27.
In fact, Kaki’s Dargah was damaged by an angry mob, whom Gandhi was very angry with. Godse and other colleagues bleed upon knowing of Gandhi’s visit.
Historian Dilip Semian says that after Gandhi’s visit to Kaki’s temple, these men decided that he should be killed soon.
January 30, 1948
On that day, he had to kill Gandhi (Gandhi assassination). Gandhi was shot by Godse, who took the leg for the Birla House.
Journalist Steven Murphy, who monitored every moment of Gandhi’s last days, writes: “There were 30 policemen stationed in the Birla House after the January 20 attacks. Gandhi had accepted Nehru and Patel’s request for increased security. But when Godse opened fire on them, the policeman AP Bhatia, who was present in plain clothes, was absent. On that day, he was imposed elsewhere. He had no place to protect Gandhi. Not even Grobachan Singh who lived with Gandhi. ‘
One question is whether anyone could enter comfortably inside the Birla House. Were there any inquiries from those who came in?
On January 30, who and why imposed the duty on Bhatia. No one has answered these questions.
Reason for Gandhi assassination
Yes, it is true that on January 30, 1948, Khakrob was demonstrating for his demands in the Chandni Chowk area and a huge police force was sent there.
So Bhatia was also in Chandni Chowk? That is, Gandhi was left alone to die.
Sadly, Sushila Nair, the personal doctor who stayed with Gandhi this morning, was not there that day. She had gone to Pakistan.
Shortly after Gandhi was shot, DP Bhargava and Dr. Jivaji Mehta reached there. Gandhi was pronounced dead by Dr. Mehta.
In the biography of Gandhi, The Life of Mahatma Gandhi, writes Louis Fisher, Nehru also reached the Birla House. He was weeping with the blood of Gandhi’s addiction. Then Gandhi’s youngest son Devdas Gandhi and Education Minister Maulana Abu-ul-Qadam Azad also reached the Birla House.
However, in the conspiracy to Gandhi assassination, two main culprits and two friends Godse and Apte were sentenced to death and the rest were sentenced to life imprisonment.