Hindu cleric Kalicharan Maharaj arrested after comments against Gandhi, Islam

Kalicharan Maharaj delivered the controversial speech against Mahatma Gandhi in Raipur


A Hindu religious leader from Maharashtra who insulted Mahatma Gandhi and praised his assassin, Nathuram Godse, has been arrested by Chhattisgarh police in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.

Kalicharan Maharaj, whose controversial speech at a “dharma sansad” or religious meeting in Raipur in Chhattisgarh led Chief Boss Mahant Ramsunder Das to deny the event and leave the stage in anger, was accused of encouraging hostility between communities after former mayor Pramod Dubey filed a case complaint.

Raipur’s senior police officer Prashant Agarwal confirmed that Kalicharan had been arrested.

Kalicharan booked a guesthouse in Khajuraho but did not stay there, police sources said, adding that he instead went to a rented house about 25 km from Khajuraho to dodge the police, who took him away. researched since the day a complaint was filed against him. .

To escape the police, all of his close associates also turned off their phones, sources said. This morning, a team of 10 police officers finally found him, arrested and brought him back to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.

He will be taken to court in the evening.

In his speech – excerpts from which have been widely shared on social media, Kalicharan Maharaj states that the goal of Islam is to capture the nation through politics. He also said: “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi destroyed the country… greetings to Nathuram Godse, who killed him”.

Kalicharan Maharaj demanded that people elect a “staunch Hindu ruler” to “protect” Hinduism.

After the offensive speech went viral on social media, Congressman Pramod Dubey, who also attended the religious event, filed a complaint with the police. Police seized video of Kalicharan making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi.

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