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Addressing a press conference in Bhopal on Thursday, 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur broke down while recalling the ‘torture’ she faced while in detention.

She said, “When they took me away illegally, they kept me for 13 days. On the first day itself, they started beating me. When they used to hit me with a belt, the entire nervous system used to go blank. They used to beat me day and night.”

“They used to hurl abuses while beating me. They used to threaten me to hang me upside down. I was threatened to be stripped off. It is unbearable for me to recall the torture I suffered in custody,” she said in a choked voice.

She further added, “I never knew why they were beating me? The only reason which I later got to know was that they wanted me to say that I have carried out an explosion and killed Muslims. This was their politics. This was their act of sedition. This was their conspiracy to break the country,” she said. “They kept asking me — You carried out those explosions. I said — I did not. Then they said that you are a terrorist. RSS is a terrorist organisation. I realised that Hindutva was being targeted,” said Sadhvi. Terming those who allegedly framed her in Malegaon blast case as atheists, she said: “They never knew the power of patriots. What would these people know about the power of patriots? They get sold just for money and clothes.”

Pragya Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon explosion case in which seven people were killed. She was in jail for nine years in this case and is presently out on bail.

With inputs from ANI