New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday evening released a statement over the remarks made by Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, party’s Lok Sabha Elections 2019 candidate from Bhopal parliamentary seat, against former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who died during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

Distancing itself from Sadhvi’s remark, the statement released by the party read, “BJP considers him a martyr. This is Sadhvi Pragya’s personal statement which she might have given because of the mental and physical torture she had faced.” (Full coverage on Lok Sabha Elections)

The development came a few hours after the Election Commission of India (ECI) took cognisance of her remark and ordered an enquiry into the same. In addition, the IPS Association too registered their ‘strong condemnation’ against Sadhvi Pragya for her comments on late Hemant Karkare.

Earlier in the day, the BJP’s candidate from Bhopal had 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.)

Sadhvi Pragya, who is also an accused in Malegaon blast, on Thursday alleged brutal torture by jail officials, accusing the prison staff of beating her with a thick whip when she was in the custody.

Narrating her ordeal, while addressing the party workers, she informed that she was thrashed day and night mercilessly. She said that she was in the prison custody for 13 days and had to undergo torture on all the days.

Further, she asserted that the officials wanted her to take the responsibility for the Malegaon blast, and that she was involved in the killing of Muslims. “Vo kehalvana chahte the ki tumne ek visfot kiya hai aur Muslimo ko maara hai…..subah ho jati thi pit’te pit’te, log badal jate the peetne wale, lekin pitne wali main sirf akeli rehti thi,” ANI quoted her as saying.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday had fielded Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal against Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Out on bail, Thakur 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.