Dehradun/ Bhopal, Apr 23: Yoga guru Ramdev has come out in support of the BJP’s Bhopal candidate and Malegaon blast case accused Pragya Singh Thakur, saying it was unfair to subject her to cruelty in jail for nine years on the basis of a suspicion. “Sadhvi Pragya was made to suffer rigorous imprisonment for nine years. There is nothing wrong in restraining her if she makes an inappropriate statement but the inhuman treatment given to her in the jail purely on the basis of suspicion was not fair,” Ramdev told reporters in Haridwar on Monday.He was replying to a question about Thakur’s remarks against the then Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare, who died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Karkare was investigating the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur had claimed that Karkare died during the attacks as she “cursed” him for torturing her.Describing himself as someone who doesn’t belong to any particular political party, the yoga guru Monday said the country was facing all sorts of political, economic and religious challenges at present.“After overcoming these challenges, the country will become a world leader by 2040,” he claimed.Ramdev further said it was wrong to assume that poverty and unemployment were the only issues. “Ram and nationalism are equally important,” he added.Meanwhile, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, filed her nomination on Tuesday. According to her affidavit, Thakur has total assets worth Rs 4,44,224, including Rs 90,000 in cash and Rs 99,824 deposited in two bank accounts in Bhopal.As per the affidavit, she doesn't have shares in any company, nor does she own any car or land.Her jewellery includes a gold chain worth Rs 48,000, a gold locket worth the same amount, a gold ring worth Rs 16,000, a silver ‘kamandal' worth Rs 81,000 besides a silver plate and four silver glasses.Thakur also declared that she owned a silver-coated brick that has Ram engraved on it.In her affidavit, Thakur has mentioned public donations (‘bhiksha') as her source of income.Thakur also declared that three criminal cases were registered against her by the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court. As per the affidavit, she has been booked on charges of alleged murder, alleged attempt to murder and alleged act of terrorism.Her criminal records include an FIR (No. 130/2008) against her filed at the Azad Nagar police station in Malegaon in Nashik district of Maharashtra.Thakur is accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, in which 7 people were killed. She is presently out on bail.In Bhopal, she is contesting against former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
News24 Bureau/ Agencies