In a controversial move, the BJP listed Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur as their candidate from Bhopal to take on Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.Pragya Thakur was arrested in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast. On September 29 of that year, a bomb went off near a mosque in the northern Maharashtra town killing six and leaving over a hundred injured. Prosecutors on the case stated that this was the work of a Hindu right-wing group. Thakur, however, was given a clean chit by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) citing no conclusive evidence against her. However, a trial court did not accept the NIA’s conclusion saying in part, “There is evidence to suggest that the accused number one (Thakur) had knowledge about the involvement of her motorcycle”. In 2017 she was granted bail by the Bombay High Court.
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.— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) April 19, 2019
She has alleged torture when she was in custody and in an interview to Indian Today TV, she expanded saying in part, “I cannot express in words the torture, the filthy expletives I suffered while I was in police custody for eleven days. My sanyasi appearance was reviled.” In light of the comments made by her against Karkare, eight former DGP’s from Kerala, Punjab, Assam, Maharashtra to name a few criticised the comments and defended the honor of someone who gave his life defending others’. The statement read in part, “This despicable and regrettable statement of Pragya Thakur only serves to highlight the need to publicly recognise the supreme sacrifice made by the 35,000 police personnel from all corners of India.” SS Virk, former DGP of Punjab and Maharashtra in a column for the Indian Express writes in defence of Karkare – “Thakur perhaps forgot that besides Karkare, 15 other officers and men of the Bombay police and dozens of innocent citizens were also killed on 26/11. Truth is that Sadhvi and Masood Azhar both wanted to kill Karkare; both celebrated his death, though for different reasons. Will such irresponsible behaviour on the part of rulers not harm society or its secular fabric? Rest in peace, Hemant. You gave the ultimate sacrifice.” More columns by Varun Sukumar
PM Modi says Pragya Thakur is the symbol of 5000 years of Hindu civilization. She is not. She represents the face of hate & violence & malevolence. It's Hemant Karkare who showed us what courage is, what it means to stand by truth & justice whatever maybe the costs. He is my hero https://t.co/y6CSE6whEG— Harsh Mander (@harsh_mander) April 20, 2019