Malegaon terror blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Friday stoked a controversy saying that former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare was killed because she had cursed him.
“I called Hemant Karkare and asked him to let me go if there is no evidence (against me). He (Karkare) said that he will bring evidence but will not leave me. I told him — You will be ruined,” Sadhvi Thakur is saying in a video released by news agency ANI, reports Indian Express.
Congress slammed the BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for her controversial remarks against Mr Karkare, who was killed in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Briefing media in New Delhi, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Sadhvi’s remarks have exposed what he called the anti-national face of BJP. He said action should be taken against Sadhvi Pragya as she insulted the martyrs of the country by blaming Karkare.
He even asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action against her.
In a damage control exercise, BJP has distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s remarks. In a statement, the party has termed her remarks as her personal view.
BJP said that she might have given such a statement because of the mental and physical torture she had faced. The party said it considers Hemant Karkare as a martyr.
Thakur, who is facing trial for her alleged role in the blast that left six dead and 101 injured, is currently out on bail.
She has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for conspiring and abetting a terror act and also faces charges ranging from murder to criminal conspiracy.
Meanwhile, IPS Association condemned the “insulting” remarks made by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
“Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected,” the association tweeted without naming the BJP leader, Times of India reported.