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, died because of his karma.
She even said that he and his family deserved it because he had treated her “very badly”. She quoted:
“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.”
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About the Case:
- 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
- Hemant Karkare was martyred in the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks
- In May 2016, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave a clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya
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.
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 was given bail due to her ‘health conditions’. If she was healthy enough to contest elections, the court must direct her to attend proceedings in Mumbai and restrict her from contesting the Lok Sabha election. He quoted:
“If Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summer heat, then she has misled the court.”
Congress Candidate from Indore, Digvijay Singh has refrained from commenting on his opponent: