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The Officer in Charge at New Delhi (Merrell) to the Secretary of State

324. Gandhi was released unconditionally at 8 p.m. today.

A communiqué issued by the Government of India at midnight reads in toto as follows:

“In view of the medical reports of Mr. Gandhi’s health, Government has decided to release him unconditionally. This decision has been taken solely on medical grounds. The release takes place at 8 p.m. on May 6”.