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Sadhvi Pragya on remark against Hemant Karkare: ‘I apologise and take my words back’

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 April 2019, 10:00 IST

Hours after making a controversial remark on 26/11 Mumbai attack hero late Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a Bhartiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal constituency, takes U-turn. Sadhvi Pragya, ‘she had cursed him for treating badly with her and he died of his karma.

Reacting on the controversy over her ‘curve’ comment against late Maharashtra ATS chief Karkare, Sadhvi Pragya said, "If my remarks made enemies happy, then I take my words back, and I apologise too. Our remarks shouldn't make enemies happy. The pain I went through, it can't be reversed, but terrorists killed Hemant Karkare, he certainly is a martyr.”

Sadhvi Pragya who is prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts had said that Karkare died in action during the Mumbai terror attacks, had treated her "very badly". "I had told him you will be destroyed, and he was gone in less than two months," said Sadhvi Pragya, a 2008 Malegaon blasts prime accused. Hemant Karkare, late ATS chief had died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attack, in which 166 people were killed.

Hemant Karkare had investigated charges against prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh in the blasts in Malegaon in 2008.

"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. I won't let her go.' This was his hatred (kuteelta). He was anti-national. He was dharm virudh (anti-religion). You won't believe, but I said, 'tera sarvanash hoga (you will be destroyed)'. Just after 'sawa' month, terrorists killed him," said Sadhvi Pragya to reporters on Thursday.

Reportedly, Karkare was the first officer to probe the Malegaon blast that happened of September 29, 2008, in which six people were killed and 101 injured. Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and others were held and were charged with plotting the blasts.

In 2015, Sadhvi Pragya who is prime accused in the Malegaon blasts case was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), but the trial court refused to let her off. NIA said they have no evidence against Sadhvi Pragya, however trail court refuse to believe as her motorcycle was used in the attack.

Also read: Watch: 'I cursed Hemant Karkare for treating me badly and he died,' says Sadhvi Pragya on 26/11 hero

First published: 20 April 2019, 8:56 IST