Terror Accused Sadhvi Pragya Calls Hemant Karkare ‘Anti-national’, Boasts That Her ‘Curse’ Brought About His Death
Mumbai ATS chief Karkare was killed in the 26/11 terrorist attack. Did Pragya's curse cause the attack?
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Bhopal and Malegaon bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Friday said that her ‘curse’ brought about the death of Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare at the hands of terrorists during the 26/11 attack.
ANI reported that Thakur said, “The investigation team called Hemant Karkare and said if you do not have evidence, let her go… He said, I will do anything to get evidence against her, but I won’t let her go… He was anti-national. He was anti-religion.”
The BJP leader added, “I told him (Karkare), you will be destroyed (‘tera sarvanash hoga’). That day, an inauspicious period (‘sutak’) fell on him. And just within two months terrorists killed him.”
#WATCH Pragya Singh Thakur: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 (18.4) pic.twitter.com/COqhEW2Bnc
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019
Thakur also tried to polarise the audience based on religious sentiments, drawing parallels of mythical stories. She compared herself to Krishna and Ram while he accorded Congress to the demons and Krishna’s despotic uncle Kangsha.
Karkare was the first officer to investigate the Malegaon blast in which around 10 people were killed over a 100 were injured. Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and others were arrested and charged with plotting the blasts.
Earlier on Friday, PTI reported that the father of a Malegaon blast victim and political activist Nisar Sayeed moved the special NIA court and the Election Commission to bar Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha polls
The applicant pleaded that Thakur, who was granted bail on health grounds, be asked to attend court proceedings in Mumbai.
If Thakur was “healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summer heat”, then she has misled the court, Sayeed said.
(With PTI inputs)