The police searched a rented accommodation of Pragya Singh Thakur, alias Sadhvi Purnachetnanand Giri, within the limits of the Gorakhpur police station in Jabalpur on Sunday.
Thakur was arrested two days ago by the Mumbai Police Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in connection with the September 29 Malegaon blast.
The police opened the house in the presence of landlord Mukesh Gupta. Jabalpur Range Inspector General of Police M.R. Krishna, however, said no incriminating articles were found. He also said no complaint has been registered against the sadhvi with the local police.
The IG said Thakur had visited Jabalpur in June and stayed for three months. During her stay, she participated in various religious functions as well as a roadblock to protest the killing of a Hindu priest in Orissa, staged on the VHP’s call. He said the police have tapes of her address on that occasion where she has allegedly made derogatory remarks against a particular community.
One more arrested
In Bhopal, the ATS picked up yet another person in connection with the blast. They have taken him to Mumbai, sources said. However, senior police officials denied having any information in this regard but confirmed the ATS team is in the state to take into its custody suspected persons.
Uma slams BJP
In Delhi, Bhartiya Janshakti Party chief Uma Bharti sought to corner the BJP over the arrest of right-wing leaders. She said she was “shocked” that the party and its affiliated organisations were “disowning” Thakur.
“It is shameful that the BJP and all the organisations are disowning her. When they wanted her, they used her.”
Countering her, BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said: “There is no question of owning or disowning her. She left the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1995-96.”