Unknown persons stole some of Mahatma Gandhi’s remains and vandalized his photograph on what would have been his 150th birthday.

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.

Police says miscreants also scrawled “traitor” in green paint across photographs of the independence leader.

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

Police took action after Gurmeet Singh – leader of the local congress political party – filed a complaint.

The incident took place at the ‘Bapu Bhawan’ memorial site in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. ‘Anti-national’ was written over the photograph in Hindi with green paint.

The vandalism was spotted by a local congress leader who filed a complaint, acting on which, police registered a case and got the photograph fixed.