Digvijay seeks to play down remarks on Karkare

With his reported remarks that Mumbai police officer Hemant Karkare was a God for Muslims kicking up a fresh row.

Updated: Dec 28, 2010, 22:57 PM IST

New Delhi: With his reported remarks that
Mumbai police officer Hemant Karkare was a God for Muslims
kicking up a fresh row, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh
today sought to play them down saying he had only said that
minority community members felt they got a "messenger of God"
in the police officer.

Congress steered clear of the reported remarks by Singh.
"In no religion, you can equate human being with God. He
(Singh) might have used it as a proverb", Congress
spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.

"I have said that when Hemant Karakre arrested the
people (affilliated to some Hindu organizations) involved in
Malegaon blasts, Muslims got a relief. They felt that at least
this honest police officer wiped off the blot from the
community at a time when only Muslims were being caught in
terror cases. They felt as if they got a messenger of God in
Karkare. They (Muslims) used to respect Karkare very much for
this," Singh said to a news agency.

Karkare, who was investigating the Malegan blast in which
right wing Hindu group Abhinav Bharat was allegedly involved,
was killed during the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Earlier the media reports had quoted Singh as saying "
Hemant Karkare had come as a form of God for Muslims in the
country...he saved a community from being defamed". Singh had
made the remarks while speaking at a book release function in

In a sharp reaction to his published remarks, BJP
alleged they were aimed at spreading hatred and asked Congress
chief Sonia Gandhi if she had asked her party general
secretary to make such comments.

"Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has again
given a statement. It is very difficult to understand the
context. He has said Karkare was a God for Muslims... Does he
intend to say that Karkare was nothing for the Hindus of this
country?" BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

Describing Singh`s statement as "very curious", Rudy
sought to know if Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul had given
their consent to the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister to
make such comments.