On Mahatma Gandhi’s 148th birth anniversary, conspiracy theorists digged up ‘unsolved mysteries’ of the assassination including which pistol was used to kill him, how many shots were really fired, was there a second shooter?
The weapon confusion led to Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. A private media has copies of a 1948 police document, which showed that Dr. Dattatraya Parchure of Gwalior – who allegedly provided the Beretta with which Godse fired three shots at the Gandhi, owned another Beretta with registration number 71979, was strangely the exact as a pistol owned by another Gwalior resident, Uday Chand, at the same time.
The pistol with which Gandhi was shot has the registration number 606824 which Dr. Parchure had given to Godse, but he refused to give him the second Berretta. Both pistols were seized in the aftermath of the assassination, one from the scene of the shooting and the other from Dr. Parchure’s home.
The private media also has a copy of a document, signed by former Superintendent of police of the Gwalior State on February 15, 1948, showing Dr. Parchure and Uday Chand holding pistols with the same serial number.
The private media approached Dr. Parchure’s son Upendra, who practices homeopathy in Gwalior, and his grandson Meghdoot for their opinion, but they refused to speak about it.
Now, a self-confessed Veer Savarkar devotee, Dr. Pankaj Phadnis – founder of a modern-day ‘Abhinav Bharat’ – has filed a PIL in Supreme Court, questioning the belief that three bullets were fired at the Mahatma. He insists that four bullets were fired and it is the fourth bullet that took his life. An earlier petition of Dr. Phadnis seeking reopening of the case was dismissed by a high court earlier, but he seemed really determined.
Demanding a fresh probe into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, he claims that “most newspapers throughout the world” reported that four bullets were fired at Gandhiji and that the “fourth bullet has remained a mystery all along”. Phadnis states an excerpt from Manuben’s diary: “Almost at 1 ‘o’ clock Bapu was brought inside. While taking him to the bathroom, all started to cry. Bapu’s dhoti, shawl, handkerchief was completely covered with blood from the clothes one bullet dropped out.” Manuben, Gandhi’s grandniece, was beside him during the assassination.
Phadnis wants to know where this “mystery bullet” came from and who fired it. His petition will be heard on October 6.
There is more to the bullet mystery, and the trail will again lead to Gwalior. The petition to reopen the Gandhi assassination case encloses a letter, dated May 6, 1948, from the then IG-police of Delhi province to the director scientific laboratory, East Punjab CID. The IG wants to know if a bullet found in Gwalior matches any of the Berettas seized after the murder. This bullet is alleged to have been fired by the conspirators during a dry run of the assassination.
The laboratory replied that the bullet could not have been fired from the pistol recovered from Godse. The question is why did the police feel the need to check out the other Beretta?
Phadnis has also questions why Herbert ‘Tom’ Reiner, a vice-consul attached to the US embassy, who was the first to nab and disarm Godse, was not made a witness in the case. He wants to know if Gandhi’s killing had anything to do with his proposed visit to Pakistan in February 1948, which Pakistan Governor General Jinnah had agreed to.