Apologise for it, says Sadhvi Pragya after huge backlash over Hemant Karkare remark

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Updated: April 19, 2019 10:20:03 PM

As the backlash grew, the party issued a statement to clarify its position and distanced itself from the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

Sadhvi Pragya’ s apology came after her remarks evoked strong reactions from all quarters.

Soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial remark over the then chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad Hemant Karkare, who was killed in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the party’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate has offered an apology. “I take back my statement and apologise for it,” Sadhvi Pragya said.

“If my remarks made enemies happy, then I take my words back, and I apologise too. Our remarks shouldn’t make enemies happy. The pain I went through, it can’t be reversed. Hemant Karkare died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr,” she told news agency ANI.

Sadhvi Pragya’s apology came after her remarks evoked strong reactions from all quarters. As the backlash grew, the party issued a statement to clarify its position and distanced itself from the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. The BJP said that it has always considered Karkare a martyr. “BJP considers him a martyr. This is Sadhvi Pragya’s personal statement which she might have given because of the mental & physical torture she had faced,” it said in a statement.

The IPS Association condemned her remarks and issued a statement on its official Twitter handle. The Congress Party sought an apology from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.

Read | BJP distances from Sadhvi Pragya’s remark on Hemant Karkare, IPS Association says statement an insult to martyr

Addressing BJP party workers on Thursday night, the BJP’s Bhopal candidate claimed that 26/11 martyr Karkare died because she had 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 had said.

Pragya has been facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case under the criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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