Mahatma Gandhi Released from Prison - [February 5, 1924] This Day in History

5 February 1924

Mahatma Gandhi released from prison unconditionally.

What Happened?

On 5 February 1924, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was released unconditionally from the Yerwada Prison in Pune on health grounds. He had undergone an operation for appendicitis at Sassoon Hospital, Pune.

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  • In March 1922, Gandhi was sentenced to six years imprisonment by Judge Broomfield.
  • He had been charged with sedition for authoring three articles in the journal that he had started namely ‘Young India’.
  • The trial had been held at Ahmedabad Circuit House.
  • The Non-Cooperation Movement had been at its height previously until February 1922, when the Chauri Chaura incident took place.
  • Read more on the Chauri Chaura incident in This Day in History dated Feb 4.
  • After his release, Mahatma Gandhi devoted himself to fostering Hindu-Muslim unity which had worsened.
  • This was because the Khilafat Movement had fallen flat after the rise of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Turkey.

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Also on this day:

1927: Death of Indian educator Inayat Khan.

1936: Birth of eminent Kannada poet K. S. Nissar Ahmed. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2008.

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