Pragya used to carry knife, stabbed a man: Chhattisgarh CM

Pragya used to carry knife, stabbed a man: Chhattisgarh CM
Pragya Singh Thakur
JABALPUR/ MUMBAI, APR 25, (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/25/2019 11:30:00 AM IST

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel Thursday claimed that Malegaon blast accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Pragya Singh Thakur stabbed a man in 2001.

Thakur’s conduct did not become of a ‘Sadhvi’ (ascetic or holy woman), the Congress leader said, speaking at a press conference here.

“Pragya Thakur has a connection with our Chhattisgarh. Her brother-in-law worked at a warehouse in Bilaigarh (in Balodabazar district),” Baghel said, when asked whether the BJP was playing the ‘Hindutva card’ by fielding her.

“She used to carry a knife and stabbed a young man named Shailendra Devagan in the chest with a knife in Bilaigarh in 2001,” Baghel said.

“Pragya also used to indulge in fights, and from the beginning her conduct was like that of a habitual criminal and not like that of a Sadhvi,” the chief minister said. Thakur is currently out on bail.

Rubbishing Baghel’s claims, a BJP spokesperson said the Chhattisgarh CM should “talk sense”. “Baghel ji should talk sense and refrain from making any statement sans proof. He should apologise for his outlandish remarks against Sadhvi ji or be ready to face a defamation suit from us,” Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesperson Hitesh Bajpai said.

Doctors slam Pragya Thakur’s cancer cure claims

The 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya has earlier been in the heat for her controversial comments lately. She is the BJP candidate from Bhopal in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Pragya has claimed that she was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 when she was in the custody of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for her alleged involvement in the 2008 blasts in Malegaon which killed about 6 and injured over 100.

She had claimed that she cured cancer by “cow urine” and other cow products.

“I cured myself by consuming gau mutra and panchgavya mixed ayurvedic herbs”, she had said.

However, the doctors denied that she never even had cancer.

“The CA 125 breast marker test to determine cancer was negative. Her MRI scan report was absolutely normal, and so was the ECG report,” a senior doctor, at JJ hospital, told Mumbai Mirror.

Ex-dean TP Lahane who had her tested in 2010, also said that she had her reports were negative.

Top doctors accuse her of misguiding patients through her unverified assertions.

“Such statements can misguide cancer patients who reach out to hospitals only at an advanced stage of their disease”, one of the doctors said.

NIA, on Wednesday, refused to bar her from contesting the elections.


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