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Mahatma Gandhi ashes scattered in sea off South Africa

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Some of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi's ashes, kept for decades by a family friend, have been scattered off the South African coast.

The ashes were sprinkled on to the Indian Ocean in a Hindu ceremony attended by about 200 people to mark the 62nd anniversary of Gandhi's death.

They were handed over to the family last year after the family friend died.

After Gandhi's assassination, his body was cremated and the ashes distributed among family, friends and followers.

According to Hindu custom, ashes are scattered over a body of water shortly after cremation.

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