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Gandhi’s ashes stolen and photo defaced on 150th birthday

Thieves stole some of Mahatma Gandhi’s remains on what would have been his 150th birthday, police say, the BBC reports.

The ashes were taken from a memorial in central India, where they had been kept since 1948 – the year of Gandhi’s assassination by a Hindu extremist.

The thieves also scrawled “traitor” in green paint across photographs of the independence leader.

Some Hindu hardliners view Gandhi as a traitor for his advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity.

This is despite Gandhi being a devout Hindu himself.

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