New Delhi: Hours after Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur exclaimed that former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who died during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, met his untimely death due to ‘bad karma’, the Election Commission of India has taken cognizance of her remarks and ordered an enquiry into the same.
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Thakur on Friday said, “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.” (Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me in Malegaon blasts and treated me very badly. I told him your entire clan will be erased. He died because of his karma,” Sadhvi said.)
In addition, the IPS Association too registered their ‘strong condemnation’ against Sadhvi Pragya for her comments on late Hemant Karkare.
Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which seven people were killed. She was in jail for nine years and is presently out on bail. She joined the BJP on Wednesday and, thereafter, the saffron party announced her as its candidate against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
Meanwhile, 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. She 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.”
To questions about her Congress opponent asking for proof of her harassment, Thakur said, “I don’t say things without evidence. I am a living example of Congress’ conspiracies and illegal activities. And if Digvijaya Singh is asking for proof for all this, he will be given proof. I will take my case to the public and even give evidence of my torture.”
Thakur will file her nomination on April 23.