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BJP calls for action against those who 'mistreated' Sadhvi Pragya

Speed News team | Updated on: 13 May 2016, 19:03 IST

Hours after Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi called for action against those who "mistreated her".

Lekhi was referring to allegations by Sadvhi's followers that the ATS had tortured her.

Addressing a press conference BJP leader Lekhi said, "I had been saying for long that there was no case against Pragya Thakur. Action should be taken against those who mistreated her."

After being arrested, Sadhvi had filed an affidavit in a Nashik court, accusing the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of torturing her.

In 2013, Swami Agnivesh had visited Sadhvi in Bhopal Central Jail. He had then claimed that she had suffered injury because of third degree torture.

On 13 May, the NIA dropped charges against Sadhvi on account of insufficient evidence.

Along with Sadhvi, Shiv Narayan Kalsangra, Shyam Bhavarlal Sahu, Praveen Takkalki, Lokesh Sharma and Dhan Singh Choudhury were also discharged.

The 29 September, 2008 Malegaon blasts, in which seven were killed and another 80 were injured, was the first major case in which the involvement of right-wing Hindu extremists came to the fore.

First published: 13 May 2016, 19:03 IST