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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mahatma Gandhi Assassination FIR - 1948


English translation of original F.I.R. of Mahatma Gandhi Assassination Case - 1948

First Information of a Cognizable Crime Reported under Section 154, C.P.C.
Police Station : Tughlak Road
District : Central
No. : 68
Date and hour of occurence : 30.1.1948 / 5:45 P.M.

1. Date and hour when reported
2. Name and residence of informant /complainant: Shri Nand Lal Mehta, son of Shri Natha Lal Mehta, Indian, Building Lala Suraj Prasad M Block, Connaught Circus
3. Brief description of offence (with section) and of property carried off, if any:
302 I.P.C.

4 . Place of occurence and distance/ direction from Police Station:
Birla House, distance 2 furlongs
5. Name and address of the criminal:
6. Steps taken regarding investigation/ explanation of delay in recording information

Statement of Shri Nand Lal Mehta, son of Shri Natha Lal Mehta, Indian, resident of Connaught Circus Building Lala Sarju Prasad:
Today I was present at Birla House. Around ten minutes past five in the evening, Mahatma Gandhi left his room in Birla House for the Prayer Ground. Sister Abha Gandhi and sister Sanno Gandhi were accompanying him. Mahatma was walking with his hands on the shoulders of the two sisters. Two more girls were there in the group. I alongwith Lala Brij Kishan, a silver merchant, resident of No. 1, Narendra Place, Parliament Street and Sardar Gurbachan Singh, resident of Timar Pur, Delhi were also there. Apart from us, women from the Birla household and two-three members of the staff were also present. Having crossed the garden, Mahatma climbed the concrete steps towards the prayer place. People were standing on both the sides and approximately three feet of vacant space was left for the Mahatma to pass through. As per the custom the Mahatma greeted the people with folded hands. He had barely covered six or seven steps when a person whose name I learnt later as Narayan Vinayak Godse, resident of Poona, stepped closer and fired three shots from a pistol at the Mahatma from barely 2 / 3 feet distance which hit the Mahatma in his stomach and chest and blood started flowing. Mahatma ji fell backwards, uttering "Raam - Raam". The assailant was apprehended on the spot with the weapon. The Mahatma was carried away in an unconscious state towards the residential unit of the Birla House where he passed away instantly and the police took away the assailant.

Sd/-N.L. Mehta/30.1.1948.

Having received the information I rushed to the Birla House to find the dead body of the Mahatma at room No. 3. Met Shri Nand Lal Mehta, his statement recorded and got confirmed after reading it out to him. Copy of the statement handed over to him. Came to know that the assailant was whisked away by the Assistant Sub-Inspector. It was a case of Section 302 Indian Penal Code. All the case papers were sent to the Police Station Tughlak Road and I got engaged in conducting investigations. A special report may be forwarded through the police station.
Sd. in English/30 January

30 comments:

Ritu said...

Thank you for posting this bit of history.

jyotsna said...

Mam,

I am great fan of yours. You stand as an inspiration to many girls like me.
Thank you for sharing this post. It was interesting to read.

karthik said...

you are a grt role-model and inspiration not only for the girls..but for all the young students and children in this country..we are proud to have u..

karthik said...

mam,
its very unfortunate that lots of policemen in this country remain irresponsible towards all the atrocities committed in the society. A policeman should behave like a friend to the common public.They should help the people.A policeman is also an humanbeing.He does not have any horns.Most of the poloicemen think that they should be given respect. First of all they must learn to give respect to the public. Its very sad that a common man today feels afraid to go to a police station to file an FIR. If police station itself is like this,then where will people go to give their complaints.An FIR has to be filed about a police officer in his police station itself..:).. is it possible..???.. before recruiting police officers for different posts they must undergo classes on value education.Its much more important than giving training to use weapons.. we cannot remain complacent just bcoz some police officers like you have remained honest and have done a good job..its just 0.1% in the country..what about the remaining..Its a big question...:)

Siddhesh said...

wow....I was looking all over for the copy of this FIR and here i find it is on your blog. Great work Madam. It will now help me in finishing my novel.
Thank you very much.

P.s. If you can send your email id, i can forward one copy of my novel to you.

Regards,
Siddhesh

Manpreet said...

Nice to read this ...
My laptop was stolen from my car 25 days back and i immediately contacted the police.

Laptop was insured but FIR was needed for the claim.

Today after 28 visits to Jungpura Police Station,New Delhi(and i swear i am not exgarrating) , i am still not able to get the First Information Report.

Today , i feel ashamed to be part of this country called India.

Surendra Kumar said...

I really appreciate your work and mission.

rob4world said...

hi mam, i really appreciate your efforts... i think u r the role model for all of us... i have one suggestion...please encourage more and more youngsters to stand against the lethargic government practices, we want young blood in bureaucracy...thats the only way to achieve develepment by 2020....

rakesh said...

I am unable to say anything...whether I have to appreciate present plitical,social,ecnomical scenario or disapriate it.you really does an appreciable work for this nation and your work does not need any appreciation or who am I to appreciate or disappreciate your work mam as i have not done any appreciable work for my country till now. you yourself face the injuctce done to you by present system.....you know the problems well...
Now it is the duity of ours to perform our duities for this Naion INDIA........

avsar said...

I never thought i wold ever read this!!!

thnx Mam.....

Waiting eagerly for your show on Star Plus!!!!

Campaign 2 Eradicate Poverty said...

wow. Mam,......what an effort you made .I Thought that ¨Crane Bedi¨ do her work only practical...but today i know that really you are great. It was interesting to read. may be country will remember you always as a role model.

Parvez Alam
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piyush said...
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piyush said...

it was really helpful,,, a real hearted thanks, god bless.........

piyush said...

it was really helpful,,, a real hearted thanks, god bless.........

Shardulee said...

i had heard of it earlier, but now i can see it, thanks mam. by the way, r u really 57? unbelievable.

Tulsidas R. said...

Dear Dr. Kiran Bedi,

Thanks for this historical important document which you have put on the web. I am one of your admirers, for what all you have done while in police force and what you are doing now with your varied interests and accomplishments.
With kind regards,
Dr. T. R. Baggi

Kiran Bedi said...

Thanks to all for your valueble suggestion

Raunak Maheshwari said...

Can you please post the complete investigation. Me and some of my friends who admire the Mahatma, all of whom are in the age group of 24 - 28 have a blog which is dedicated to clear the controversies that have been created with factual information. The investigation into the assasination of Bapu is mired with controversies with people saying that proper procedures of law were not followed for example it is alleged that there was no postmortem done. Since none of us is in a field allied to law, we are unable to clear these controversies and we are not able to find resources as well.

You may view the blog at http://appliedgandhi.blogspot.com/

Warm regards,

Raunak Maheshwari.

me&myself said...

with so many words of gesture, i dont know if this matters to you, but you are definitely my inspiration. I am a muslim woman, who is a victim of dowry and domestic violence. everything said , but laws for indian muslim woman are too biased, muslim men get away easily after tearing the life of a woman and her children. i am too hopeless, but still for the sake of it, is it anything that can help change the situation of muslim personal laws? Dont we muslim women feel the partiality done on the pretext of muslim personal laws, while women of other religion have lot other rights as far as marriage is concerned? Is justice based on religion , is it not form of discrimination?

me&myself said...

with so many words of gesture, i dont know if this matters to you, but you are definitely my inspiration. I am a muslim woman, who is a victim of dowry and domestic violence. everything said , but laws for indian muslim woman are too biased, muslim men get away easily after tearing the life of a woman and her children. i am too hopeless, but still for the sake of it, is it anything that can help change the situation of muslim personal laws? Dont we muslim women feel the partiality done on the pretext of muslim personal laws, while women of other religion have lot other rights as far as marriage is concerned? Is justice based on religion , is it not form of discrimination?

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music said...

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neeraj said...

thanks mam
but i want to say that in delhi I have seen 3 case of mobile theft in a week and one case is happend with me. I have lost three mobile in blue line buses due to theft issue. these time i always think about mobile mobile thieves at the time of traveling in buses.kya kuch aisa nahi ho sakta koi bhi naya ya purana mobile agar bikta hai bazar me to buyer pahle apne nam ke sath imie no. register karwaye jisse agar wo mibile chori hota hai to wo apne mobile ki report imie no. ke sath karwade. or mob register dept. use red mark kar de ab mobile chor agar ye set kisi dukandar ko ya kisi jankar ko beche or dukandar or jankar pahle uska imie no. check karwaye ki ye chori ka hai ya nahi. imie no. se pata chal jaiga agar wo red mark hai to.kyonki kitne hi set chori ke gaffar me ya mobile repaire shop per bhech diye jate hai

ROHIT said...

Respected mam,
I pray God and wish to see you as the president of India . I find all the essential qualities in u . wish u all the best .
Rohit

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Ma - Ra Am Ra Am.

Pls let me know how to offer any services involving planning.

RA Jiv

anup said...
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savagepriest said...

its a shame to see that every police officer from top to bottom are corrupt only a handful of them are not who are very high posts and common public can never reach them. Its a shame that we live in a civilized world the reign of kings and nawabs was better.

Ankur Dixit said...

It is amazing to see the assassination FIR of great person like Mr gandhi.

Dr Alok Bajpai said...

Hi Kiranji
I am Dr alok bajpai. met you at kanpur ..I do a programme with kids called An hour with Mahatma.. an interactive biography on Mahatma.
please visit my blog www.alokbajpai.blogspot.com
whenever you have time...
would love to do it with kids in Delhi especially the groups you work with
regards
alok bajpai

Sanjay Rane said...

One mistake I want to point out in the translated copy of FIR is that the name of the assassin is wrongly typed as "Narayan Vinayak Godse" instead of his correct name "Nathuram Vinayak Godse."

Hope you would get the same corrected.