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Sadhvi Pragya claims Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare died in 2008 terror attack because she cursed him

The Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal seat asserted that she had cursed Karkare saying that he will be destroyed completely and he passed away after that.

Sadhvi Pragya claims Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare died in 2008 terror attack because she cursed him

In a controversial statement, BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Thakur claimed that Hemant Karkare, the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad killed during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, lost his life because she had cursed him.

The Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal seat asserted that she had cursed Karkare saying that he will be destroyed completely and he passed away after that.

Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case and Karkare was investigating the case.

"Hemant Karkare was asked to let me go if there is no evidence (against me). He (Karkare) said that he will bring evidence but will not leave me. I told him -- You will be ruined," she said. 

Thakur also alleged that Karkare only wanted to declare her as a terrorist.

She further alleged that Karkare had asked her if he should go to God to get proof to convict her. She added that replying to him, she had said that if he feels that it is necessary then he should go.

After that Karkare passed away during an operation against terrorists in the Mumbai attack, she said.

The newly joined BJP leader accused Karkare of abusing her using very foul words. Karkare was killed along with two other senior police officers while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.

The BJP candidate has been fielded against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal.

Thakur is among the seven accused facing trial in Malegaon blast case. Six people were killed and a dozen others were injured after a bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded in Maharashtra's Malegaon on September 29, 2008. She was arrested in 2008 but was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency in 2015 for lack of evidence. However, the trial court refused to let her off, saying it was difficult to accept since her motorcycle was used in the blast.

Thakur has been cleared of charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2017 but remains an accused under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. On Wednesday, she formally joined the BJP and will contest against Singh.

She is expected to file her nomination from Bhopal on April 23. Bhopal will go to polls on May 12. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.