Mahatma Gandhi Smruti Khand (memorial) in Old Circuit House, Shahibaug, which, 95 years ago, was a court room where the Father of nation Mahatama Gndhi was sentenced for six years on charges of sedition. But now this memorial has been turned into a warehouse of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, a company founded by Baba Ramdev.
Patanjali Ayurved Ltd is using this historical memorial for storing Patanjali ghee, rugs, banners and pamphlets. The 28 rooms of the circuit house have been given to Patanjali on May 25 ahead of World Yoga Day. Out of 28 rooms, one rooms turned into store room to store Patanjali products, while the remaining rooms have been occupied by its staff.
Asked how Patanjali was granted the permission to use the room, Chirag Patel, Shahibaug sub-division deputy executive engineer who is in charge of all circuit houses in Ahmadabad city, said, “We don’t know who gave them the permission to use it as a warehouse.”
Smruti Khand houses files and documents related to Gandhiji. However, they have been swept to a corner to make space for Patanjali ghee, rugs, banners, pamphlets, mattresses for staff, T-shirts and caps that are to be distributed to yoga day participants, etc. Gandhiji’s pictures that adorn the walls are also partially covered by piles of goods.