New Delhi, April 19: 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who recently joined the BJP and given a ticket to contest Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal on Friday said former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare was killed during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him.
Karkare, who was leading the investigation into the Malegaon blast case, had died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai in November 2008.
At a public address, she is seen saying in a video, “Tera sarvanash hoga. (You will be ruined)”
“I called Hemant Karkare and asked him to let me go if there is no evidence (against me). He (Karkare) said he will bring evidence but will not leave me. I told him you will be ruined,” she is seen saying during the address.
Sadhvi Pragya is facing trial in the Malegaon blast case. On September 29, 2008, an explosive device attached to a motorcycle went off outside a mosque in Malegaon, in northern Maharashtra, killing six and leaving 100 injured. Pragya, who is a prime accused in the case, has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.
In October 2018, an NIA special court had charged her with the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for conspiring and abetting a terror act.
Sadhvi Pragya is expected to file her nomination from Bhopal on April 23. She is contesting against senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh in Bhopal which will go to polls on May 12. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.