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BJP says Sadhvi Pragya's comment on Hemant Karkare a 'personal view', asserts party always held him to be a 'martyr'

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, saying it was her personal view which she might have made "due to years of physical and mental torture".

 BJP says Sadhvi Pragyas comment on Hemant Karkare a personal view, asserts party always held him to be a martyr

BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal. PTI

"The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr, " the party said in a statement in a damage-control exercise.

The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered "physical and mental torture" for years in police custody, that might have caused her to make such a statement.

The comment is her "personal view",  it added.

Karkare, who headed the Mumbai anti-terror squad, had died in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur claimed Karkare died as she "cursed" him for "torturing" her in custody.

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Updated Date: Apr 19, 2019 19:02:39 IST