Gandhiji`s belongings missing from Guj memorial

Some of the rare personal belongings of Mahatma Gandhi, including spectacles and sandals, exhibited at Kasturba Dham near here have gone missing, the memorial`s manager has claimed.

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 18:45 PM IST

Rajkot: Some of the rare personal belongings
of Mahatma Gandhi, including spectacles and sandals, exhibited
at Kasturba Dham near here have gone missing, the memorial`s
manager has claimed.

Jaysinh Rathod, manager of Kasturba Dham, in an affidavit
filed last month has said that some of Gandhiji`s belongings
were missing from the memorial.

Former managing trustee Pravin Ahya has been accused of
auctioning Bapu`s spectacles, sandals, a plate and a bowl in
the US in 2002, according to the affidavit.

Rathod has also accused another trustee Vibhakar
Vaccharajani of aiding and abetting Ahya in taking the
articles out of the memorial.

Police have taken statements of the people concerned to
confirm whether the missing articles were kept at the memorial
in past, ACP Nilesh Jinjadiya said.

The ACP said statements of people concerned have been
recorded while Ahya is out of country and efforts are on to
contact him.

"We have also checked records at Kasturba Dham from where
the items were stated to be missing and at joint-charity
commissioner office, but neither side was maintaining records
making it difficult for the investigating team to confirm
whether the items were in the memorial in the past," he said.

Vaccharajani has denied the allegation saying he had
no idea whether the items had been kept at the memorial.

PTI