Defacing of Gandhi cutout

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New Delhi

Indian police are investigating a complaint that a cutout of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi displayed at a museum was defaced as the country celebrated the 150th anniversary of his birth this week. Police officer S. Baghel said a graffiti calling Gandhi a traitor of the nation was found scribbled on the cutout when it was taken out for a ceremony on October 2 in Rewa, a town in Madhya Pradesh state. No one claimed responsibility for the action. Baghel on Friday also refuted claims from some residents that an urn containing Gandhis ashes was missing. He said Gandhis ashes were never kept in the museum. Some Hindu hardliners oppose Gandhi and his views because he advocated Hindu-Muslim unity.—AP

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