The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Friday (19 April 2019) 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.
“I had told him you will be finished, and he was killed by terrorists in less than two months,” bragged Sadhvi Pragya at a press conference on Thursday, flanked by BJP leaders who clapped at her words.
“I called Hemant Karkare and asked him to let me go if there is no evidence (against me). He (Karkare) said that he will bring evidence but will not leave me. I told him — You will be ruined,” Sadhvi Thakur is saying in a video released by news agency ANI.
She added that Karkare had asked her if he should go to God to get proof of her conviction in the terror case. Responding to him, Thakur said that if he feels, he should go. After that the former ATS officer was killed, she claimed.
Karkare had died fighting terrorists during 26/11 Mumbai attack. He was leading the probe into the Malegaon attack
Karkare, along with senior police officials Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar, were killed outside Cama Hospital in south Mumbai after Ajmal Kasab and his partner Abu Ismail opened fire at their police van during the terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Mr Karkare was the first officer to investigate the blasts on September 29, 2008, in which six people were killed and 101 injured in Malegaon, a town 250 km from Mumbai. Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and others were arrested and charged with plotting the blasts.
Hemant Karkare tracked down the owner of the motorcycle which was used in the attacks. The motorcycle belonged to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave a clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya.
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.
The court dropped charges against her under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) but the trial is still on under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. She was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2017 on health grounds.
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
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?”
Recounting 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.
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