30 January 1948 death of Mahatma Gandhi A father of the nation was murdered. Mahatma Gandhi was shot at 5: 12 p.m. today and he died later 15 minutes. Gandhiji came out of his room in Birla House for the prayer meeting. After a few minutes later his talk with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
He passed through the garden, arms around the shoulders of his grand-daughters Ava Gandhi and Manu Gandhi. As he walked up near the four steps to the prayer hall than a man that age about 35. go before Gandhiji and bending his body towards a distance of fewer than two yards, offered pranam.
Gandhiji returned the salute when the young man said: “You are late today for the prayer.” Gandhiji smiled and replied, “Yes, I am late”; at that moment, the young man pulled out a revolver, and fire three shots from the gun, the bullets passed through the body of the great leader below the heart and stomach.
Immediately, Gandhiji collapsed; but Ava Gandhi and Manu Gandhi stuck to their place by his side and held him firmly. But that was the last of the Nation’s Father. It was then 5: 12 p.m.30 January 1948 death of Mahatma Gandhi A father of the nation was murdered.
The Last Moment
The last act Gandhiji did was to raise both his hands. As a sign of prayer in the direction of the crowd which had assembled for the prayer. After, he was speechless and the loss of blood, at his age as soon after his fast, made death inevitable.
He was beyond medical support even from the start when the shock had its effect. Lord Mountbatten and Cabinet Ministers, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and others soon arrived.
The Ministers present held consultations between themselves as to the future course of action. 30 January 1948 death of Mahatma Gandhi A father of the nation was murdered.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who returned from Amritsar this afternoon He did not have an opportunity to meet Gandhiji. Pandit Nehru arrived at the address where a huge gathering of nearly two lakhs which had nearby Birla House. but broke down with sadness more than once when he spoke.
The leaders, including Pandit Nehru, who was present, were shocked and baffled, while tears overflowed down the cheeks of countless men and women both outside and inside of Birla House.
The heart-broken crowd, which went on swelling in numbers. and were making their way into the main building to have a last scene of the departed leader and Glass windows were broken,
But the crowd restricted itself and leaders soon made arrangements to let the crowd see Mahatma Gandhi. 30 January 1948 death of Mahatma Gandhi A father of the nation was murdered.
The assassin, soon after he fired the shots, was grabbed by the people who had come to attend the prayer. His revolver and some cash were recovered.
It appears he was struck by the crowd and was slightly injured. The police have taken him into custody and started his investigation. It is learned that the name of the assassin is Nathuram Godse (aged 36), a Mahratta.
He called himself as the Editor of a daily paper called Hindu Rashtra published in Laxmipet, Puna. He was dressed up with khaki pants and tunic and, There is no fact in the report that he tries to commit suicide by putting a bullet into himself.