Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. She said that former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died in action during the Mumbai terror attacks, had falsely implicated her in the Malegaon blast and hence, died because of his karma.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. (Photo: PTI)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, on Friday said that former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died in action during the Mumbai terror attacks, had treated her “very badly”. She also said that Hemant Karkare died because of his karma.
“Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me [in Malegaon blasts] and treated me very badly. I told him your entire dynasty will be erased. He died of his karma,” Sadhvi Pragya said.
#WATCH Pragya Singh Thakur:Maine kaha tera (Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare) sarvanash hoga.Theek sava mahine mein sutak lagta hai. Jis din main gayi thi us din iske sutak lag gaya tha.Aur theek sava mahine mein jis din atankwadiyon ne isko maara, us din uska anth hua (18.4)
Six people were killed and over 100 injured in a bomb blast at Malegaon on September 29, 2008. Hemant Karkare, who was probing the Malegaon blasts, tracked down the owner of the motorcycle which was used in the attacks. The motorcycle belonged to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and others in the case, alleging they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast. In May 2016, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave a clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya.
IPS Association on Friday condemned the comments made by BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur against former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.”Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected,” the association said in a tweet.
Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected.14.4K3:48 PM – Apr 19, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy9,571 people are talking about this
Malegaon blast accused and BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, in a press conference on Thursday, said that Karkare died during the terror attacks as she “cursed” him for torturing her.
She alleged Karkare had made up his mind not to release her.
“Hemant Karkare was called by the (Malegaon blast) probe panel member to Mumbai. I was then in a Mumbai jail. The commission member told him that if he didn’t have any proof against me, he should not unlawfully hold me in jail,” she said.
“But he (Karkare) said he will do anything to bring the proof… will do anything… will create it, bring it from here and there, but will not release Sadhvi,” she said.
Karkare was killed along with two other senior police officers while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.
The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal seat, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.
Out on bail, Pragya has been discharged by a court on charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the 2008 case, but is still facing trial under other criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Ac
Sadhvi Pragya, who is out on bail, has been fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal. She has been pitted against Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur will file her nomination from the seat on April 23.
Congress linked Hindus with terror: Sadhvi Pragya
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Thursday accused the Congress of being anti-Hindu and said the party harassed a woman by linking Hindus with terrorism.
Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Thakur said: “The Congress has linked Hindus with terrorism, called them terrorists and harassed a woman. The names that I was given and the way I was tortured… How do I believe this won’t be repeated with other women in the future?”
Recount her torture in jail, she became emotional and broke into tears. The Malegaon blast accused also said she would be beaten up throughout the night and denied food for days. “I was made to survive on just water for several days.”
Meanwhile, a Malegaon blast victim’s father has moved the special NIA court seeking barring of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The petition has been filed by Nisar Sayeed who lost his son in the 2008 Malegaon blast. He appealed that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur be asked to attend court proceedings in Mumbai and restricted from contesting the Lok Sabha election.
If Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was “healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summer heat”, then she has misled the court, Sayeed alleged.