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School Play 'Portrays' Godse Firing Bullets at Gandhi in Sangh Uniform, Jabalpur RSS Leader Meets Cops

The police officers asked the RSS leader to file a defamation suit against the private school instead as the charges do not amount to criminal conspiracy.

Vivek Trivedi | News18

Updated:October 4, 2019, 11:40 PM IST
School Play 'Portrays' Godse Firing Bullets at Gandhi in Sangh Uniform, Jabalpur RSS Leader Meets Cops
A grab of the photo of the play where children are busy enacting events from Mahatma Gandhi's life.

Bhopal: An office-bearer of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) met police officers in Jabalpur to complain about a play staged in a private school on Gandhi Jayanti in Jabalpur where the child portraying the role of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse, was allegedly shown in RSS uniform. The officers have asked the Sangh functionary, Yatindra Upadhyay, to instead file a defamation suit.

The play staged at a local school had depicted Gandhi's assassination, besides other aspects of his life.

The controversy erupted when a picture of one of the children allegedly clad in RSS uniform and playing Godse surfaced on social media. The child who played Godse is seen firing bullets at Gandhi.

On Thursday night, Upadhyay went to a local police 'chowki' with a complaint against the school. He was directed to the Lordganj police station where the duty officer registered an NCR (not criminally responsible) information.

The Sangh leader on Friday called on Jabalpur Superintendent of Police Amit Singh and complained that the play indirectly suggested to students that the RSS was behind Gandhi's assassination.

Singh, however, told Upadhyay that the charges did not amount to criminal conspiracy and suggested that a defamation suit be filed at the relevant court. When asked for comments, Upadhyay said he wasn't authorised for media interactions.

Members of a right-wing organisation, the Hindu Seva Parishad, also met the SP on Friday with a complaint against the said school and teachers for depicting inaccurate information.

"We have demanded action against the private school for staging such a misleading play," Saurabh Jain, a member of the organisation, told News18. The school has not offered any statement on the controversy.

(With inputs from Pawan Patel in Jabalpur)

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