New Delhi: Veteran freedom fighter Bhiku Daji Bhilare, popularly referred to as Bhilare Guruji, who is credited in certain accounts with having saved Mahatma Gandhi from an attempt on his life by Nathuram Godse in Panchgani in 1944, passed away in Bhilar near the hill station on Wednesday, sources said. He was 98.
His cremation was attended by freedom fighters and legislators.
Bhilare, born on 28 November 1919, is survived by three sons.
Years later after India won its independence, Godse gunned down the Father of the Nation on January 30, 1948, at Birla House in Delhi.