Malegaon blast accused and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, Pragya Thakur, on Friday claimed former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare died because she had cursed him.
Hemant Karkare was the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and was killed in action during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He reportedly received three shots in his chest.
“I had told him you will be destroyed, and he was gone in less than two months,” she said, according to news agency ANI. Thakur is currently out on bail.
“The investigation team called Hemant Karkare and said if you do not have evidence, let her go,” Pragya Thakur said at a press conference in Bhopal. “He said, ‘I will do anything to get evidence against her. I won’t let her go’.”
Karkare was killed near Cama Hospital along with Additional Police Commissioner, Mumbai, Ashok Kamte and senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar on the night of 26/11.
The senior officer was having his dinner when he got the information of terrorists attacking the city on November 26, 2008. The officer rushed to join the operation to rid the city of the attackers.
He, along with senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar and ACP Ashok Kamte, were searching for the terrorists near the Cama hospital when their vehicle was attacked by one of the terrorists. All the three officers died fighting the terrorists.
Disgraceful comments by BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur on 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare ji need to be condemned in strongest terms. BJP is showing its true colours & it must be shown it’s place now,” tweeted Arvind Kejriwal.
Thakur will contest the Lok Sabha election against Congress’ Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal constituency on a BJP ticket. Several Opposition parties have opposed her candidature and called out the Bharatiya Janata Party for fielding a terror accused.