Celebratory firing during a ceremony in Karnal led to the death of one person and injured four others. Police have booked a leader of All Indian Hindu Mahasabha Sadhvi Deva Thakur along with her gunmen and associates. While police teams conducted raids at several places, no one has been arrested. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at Savitri Marriage Palace in Karnal. Deva Thakur, along with six to seven persons, came to attend the ceremony. All of them were carrying arms.
Sumit Bhatia, manager of the venue, said the Sadhvi and her accomplices started firing indiscriminately during the function. “As soon as the firing started, we called the police as this is not allowed. In the meantime, the pistol of one of them got stuck. While rectifying it, a shot was fired causing injuries to those present,” he said.
Many rushed to a private hospital. Suman (50) succumbed to her injuries, including a 11-year-old girl. Devi Thakur and the rest fled from the spot.
SP Karnal Pankaj Nain said, “Police have booked Sadhvi Devi Thakur and her associates under Section 302 of IPC and Arms Act. Raids were conducted at several places, but the accused are absconding. The hunt is on for them.”
Sadhvi Deva Thakur has been in controversies more than once. Last year she made a statement that Muslims and Christians should undergo sterilisation to restrict their growing population. She had also asked Hindus to have more children to increase their population. Deva Thakur had also made comments that idols of Hindu gods and goddesses should be places in mosques and churches.