“I felt that the enemies of the country were extracting benefit from my comment, therefore I take back my statement and apologize for it. It was my personal pain,” Malegaon blast accused and BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate said as opposition parties slammed her for insulting a martyr.
“He (Hemant Karkare) died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr,” she said.
Karkare was killed along with two other senior police officers while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.
Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal Thursday night, Pragya Thakur had claimed that police officer Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she “cursed” him for torturing her.
“He tortured me and subjected me to harsh abuse which was unbearable. I told him he will be destroyed. A little over a month later ‘sutak’ (ritual observed after death of a family member) was going to start … just over a month later, he was shot dead by terrorists and the inauspicious period ended,” she said.
BJP distanced itself
from the controversial comment saying it was her personal view which she might have made “due to years of physical and mental torture”.
“BJP considers Karkare a martyr. This is Sadhvi Pragya’s personal statement which she might have given because of the mental & physical torture she had faced,” the party said.
Leading the opposition charge, the Congress said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must apologise for Pragya Thakur’s remarks on Karkare and take action against her.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the remarks were an insult to every soldier who has sacrificed his life for the country while fighting terrorism.
Reacting to Pragya’s statement, Digvijaya Singh, who is fighting her in Bhopal, said, “Hemant Karkare was a dedicated officer. He laid down his life for the country and we should be proud of him. No one should comment on it.”
IPS Association condemned
the remarks against the late police officer.
Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in un… https://t.co/Qmdw7a3m1l
— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) 1555669103000
“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,” the association tweeted.