BHOPAL: Election Commission on Saturday issued notice to BJP’s Bhopal candidate and Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for her remarks on 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare.
The move comes a day after EC took suo moto cognisance of the statements made by Thakur during an event. Pragya Thakur had claimed that former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare died because she had cursed him.
Office of the chief electoral officer had sought report from district election officer Bhopal over the issue.
“We have informed the office of the chief electoral officer and a notice has been issued to BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. She has been asked to submit her reply within 24 hours,” district collector Bhopal, Sudam Khade told TOI.
Office of the chief electoral officer took cognisance of the issue when the video surveillance teams reported the matter on Friday.
It is noteworthy that a video of Pragya Singh Thakur went viral where she was heard saying that Karkare died because he “tortured and abused” her during the Malegaon blast probe. Karkare, the Mumbai ATS chief, was given the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry medal.
“You can’t imagine how he tortured and abused me,” she is heard saying in the video with sitting MP Alok Sanjar and Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma by her side. “The head of the investigating team called Karkare and told him, ‘if you don’t have any evidence against her, let her go’. Jailing someone without proof is illegal. But he refused. He said he will get evidence from anywhere but ‘won’t let Sadhvi go’,” she said. “This was desh droh (treason). This was against dharm.”
The party workers meet was held in the minority-dominated Bhopal North assembly segment.
“I know it will be difficult for you to believe, but I told him, ‘Tera sarvanash hoga (you will be destroyed). He tortured me so much, hurled filthy abuses, it was unbearable for me,” she said.
“That was the day,” she continued. “There is a ‘Sutak’ (period of abstention in Hindu families) of a month when someone is born or dies in the family. That day ‘Sutak’ came into effect for Karkare. Exactly sawa mahina (5 weeks) later, the day, he was killed by terrorists, ‘Sutak’ got over,” she said, as party workers break into applause.