Editorial

Vilifying a valiant cop

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/22/2019 12:47:12 PM IST

 It became a national outrage, when Pragya Singh Thakur , an accused in the Malegaon blast, who joined BJP a day ahead then fielded as its candidate the next day for the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, blatantly spewed venom on late Hemant Karkare ATS chief of Mumbai Police, who was killed in 2008 while leading an ATS team against ten-hardcore Pakistani trained terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Karkare was awarded the Ashoka Chakra(India’s highest gallantry award in peacetime) posthumously in 2009. Pragya was given bail by the Bombay High Court in April 2017 on health grounds. According to the bail order, given by a Bombay High Court bench headed by Justices Shalini Phansalkar Joshi and Ranjit More, Pragya was given bail because she “suffering from breast cancer” and was “unable to walk even without support”. However, Pragya is fit enough to contest the election and which the court needs to take suo moto notice. Though discharged of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act(MCOCA), Pragya is still facing other criminal charges. Whether Pragya’s remarks will be put under very close scrutiny by the ECI is also to be seen. If Pragya’s insidious , vile and denigrating remarks against a national hero was as shocking; it was unbelievable that the BJP party chose merely to suggest that they were personal remarks. Pragya’s state of mind was clear when she did not even bother to offer apology to the family of late Hemant Karkare as well as the nation. It was also unfortunate that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, instead of disapproving the remarks, defended BJP’s decision to field Malegaon blast-accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. The Prime Minister in a television interview, said that the ticket to Thakur was an answer to those who branded 5,000 years of civilisation as terrorism. Eight former top police officers Sunday had strongly condemned the “despicable” remark of Pragya Singh Thakur that her “curse” killed Hemant Karkare, and demanded those who laid down their lives for the country be respected. The eight former IPS officers-former Punjab DGP Julio Ribeiro, former BSF chief and UP and Assam DGP Prakash Singh, former Kerala DGPs PKH Tharakan and Jacob Punoose, former National Police Academy (Hyderabad) DGP Kamal Kumar, former Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal, former Assam DGP and NSG DG Jayanto N. Choudhury, and N Ramachandran, ex-DGP Meghalaya-had rightly condemned the insulting remarks against the slain police hero. The case pertaining to Pragya and her accomplices was taken away from the Mumbai Police in 2011 during the UPA regime by the National Investigating Agency(NIA). The charge sheet was framed only in 2016 after the NDA came to power and by 2017 due to the NIA’s dropping of MCOCA charges, she was granted bail. Pragya Singh Thakur is another classic case of the politics of hatred, division and intolerance being witnessed across India. The BJP of the post-2014 period is not the same party. Today, those who make hate speeches and seek to polarise India through communalism are considered nationalists while those who are victimised and hounded are dubbed “anti-nationals”. Unfortunately, the “forces of emergency” as observed by L.K.Advani, have become more powerful. He also warned that these forces would impose another kind of emergency in the near future. Perhaps, the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections will reveal which path India takes.

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