Days after BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur’s comments about her father, JUI NAVARE talks to SMITA NAIR about coming to terms with the killing, still listening to Karkare’s conversation with the control room that night to try make sense of what happened, why she chose to stay silent, and why Mumbai isn’t the same for her.
While addressing a meeting of party workers on April 18, Sadhvi Pragya targeted late Hemant Karkare, who had arrested her for alleged role in the Malegaon blast case in 2008. She claimed that it was her curse (“tera sarvnash hoga”), which ended Karkare’s life soon afterwards.
Thakur, who is the BJP’s candidate from Bhopal against Congress’ Digvijaya Singh, had said Thursday that Karkare lost his life because she had “cursed” him. Karkare was killed in the line of duty during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and was also leading the probe into the Malegaon case, in which both Thakur and Kulkarni are among the accused.
EC sources indicated that Thakur could escape consequences of her statement because she has apologised for it, provided her written reply follows the same course. The notice has also been served on BJP’s Bhopal district chief for being the organiser of the event where the poll code was violated.
When everybody else was more interested in sensational gossip, you could count on Karkare Uncle to keep things staid. It was that soothing presence which made him an indispensable member of our otherwise chaotic lives.