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Pragya Thakur is pitted against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where polling will be held during the sixth phase on May 12.(PTI)

At ‘auspicious time’, BJP’s Pragya Thakur files her nomination from Bhopal

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 03:43 PM IST
Pragya Thakur, who had been named as an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, had earlier announced that she will file her poll documents on Tuesday but decided to submit them on Monday
BJP president Amit Shah addressing a press conference in Kolkata on Monday.(ANI)
BJP president Amit Shah addressing a press conference in Kolkata on Monday.(ANI)

‘She got clean chit’: Amit Shah defends fielding Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 11:12 AM IST
BJP president Amit Shah has said that party’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was given a clean chit in the Malegaon blast case.
Karkare, who was chief of the Maharashtra anti-terrorist squad (ATS), died in the line of duty during the 26/11 attacks. Thakur and BJP came under fire on Friday, after the former said that Karkare died because of her curse.(HT PHOTO)
Karkare, who was chief of the Maharashtra anti-terrorist squad (ATS), died in the line of duty during the 26/11 attacks. Thakur and BJP came under fire on Friday, after the former said that Karkare died because of her curse.(HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Nobody must insult martyrs, says Uddhav

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 07:11 AM IST
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday weighed in on the issue. “Nobody should say anything that amounts to an insult to our martyrs,” Uddhav said, adding, however, that she has already apologised for her remarks.
The anger is both over Thakur’s candidature as well as her comments on former Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who Thakur said was killed after she had cursed him(HT file)
The anger is both over Thakur’s candidature as well as her comments on former Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who Thakur said was killed after she had cursed him(HT file)

Malegaon blast victims angry at Pragya Thakur, salute ‘Karkare saab’

Hindustan Times | By Surendra P Gangan, Malegaon
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 01:16 AM IST
Survivors and victims’ kin question Thakur getting ticket to contest polls, demand justice
Modi said the raids have all yielded proof of corruption, including siphoning of money from schemes meant for the most vulnerable sections of the society like children and expectant mothers.(PTI)
Modi said the raids have all yielded proof of corruption, including siphoning of money from schemes meant for the most vulnerable sections of the society like children and expectant mothers.(PTI)

‘A befitting reply’: PM Modi defends fielding Sadhvi Pragya with dig at Cong

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 10:23 PM IST
Responding to a question on loan defaulters Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi escaping the country, Modi said when they realised that under the present government,  they will have to return the loan.
Hemant Karkare, the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who Pragya Singh Thakur claimed died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks because she had cursed him, led the probe by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) into the Malegaon blast case of 2008, in which Thakur is a suspect.
Hemant Karkare, the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who Pragya Singh Thakur claimed died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks because she had cursed him, led the probe by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) into the Malegaon blast case of 2008, in which Thakur is a suspect.

Hemant Karkare: The officer who cracked 2008 Malegaon case

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 02:36 PM IST
On September 29, 2008, a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off in Malegaon, killing six people and injuring 101.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal, April 18, 2019(PTI)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal, April 18, 2019(PTI)

Pragya Thakur is anti-national. So is the BJP’s decision to field her

UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 07:03 PM IST
This humiliation of a gallant Ashok Chakra hero by the BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate is an insult not just to Hemant Karkare’s individual sacrifice; it is a smear on the uniform.
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaving the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses in Mumbai on October 30, 2018.(PTI file)
The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaving the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses in Mumbai on October 30, 2018.(PTI file)

‘Apologise’: Congress to PM Modi over Pragya Thakur’s remark on Hemant Karkare

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 06:09 PM IST
BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur said Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in 26/11 Mumbai attacks for “torturing” her in the Malegaon blast case.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had created a furore with her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare who had died in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.(PTI)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had created a furore with her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare who had died in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.(PTI)

‘Take back my statement, apologise’: Sadhvi Pragya on Hemant Karkare remark

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 08:56 PM IST
Calling Hemant Karkare, who died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a martyr, Sadhvi Pragya took back her words and said that Hemant Karkare had died from the bullets of terrorist. “He is certainly a martyr,” she said.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI)
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019.(PTI)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Malegaon blast victim’s father challenges Pragya Thakur’s candidature

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 08:58 AM IST
Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, is facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). She is standing trial along with four others, including Major Ramesh Upadhyay and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit.
Apart from being unprecedented, the BJP’s decision regarding Ms Thakur also reflects an extremely cynical approach to the choice of candidates – even in the context of several political parties picking candidates with serious, even heinous charges against them(Hindustan Times)
Apart from being unprecedented, the BJP’s decision regarding Ms Thakur also reflects an extremely cynical approach to the choice of candidates – even in the context of several political parties picking candidates with serious, even heinous charges against them(Hindustan Times)

Given the charges against her, Pragya Thakur’s choice was avoidable

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 08:02 PM IST
The BJP has set a unhealthy precedent in not just inducting Thakur into the party, but also making her its candidate for the Bhopal Parliamentary constituency
BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur broke down on Thursday while addressing the party workers in the city.(ANI)
BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur broke down on Thursday while addressing the party workers in the city.(ANI)

‘Tortured in jail for confession’: Sadhvi Pragya breaks down at Bhopal event

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 06:52 PM IST
Sadhvi Pragya, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, is the BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Who are ‘these guys’ Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are sparring overPhoto by Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Who are ‘these guys’ Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are sparring overPhoto by Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)

‘Consume almonds’: Mufti to Abdullah in Twitter spat over Sadhvi Pragya

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 05:13 PM IST
It all started with PDP leader and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti taking to twitter on Wednesday after the BJP announced the candidature of Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur Singh from Bhopal.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may contest against Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal(ANI/Twitter)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may contest against Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal(ANI/Twitter)

Lok Sabha elections 2019:BJP pitches Malegaon accused Sadhvi Pragya against Congress’s Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 10:16 PM IST
Thakur, who was named in the Malegaon blast case, is the third of five children—the family has four sisters and a brother--and joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the early nineties.
Pankaja Munde
Pankaja Munde

Pankaja Munde backtracks after saying she won’t go to Mantralaya till Dhangars get quota

Hindustan Times | By Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 08:21 AM IST
From “I won’t enter Mantralya till Dhangars get reservation”, to “I was referring to the next term”, senior BJP leader and state’s rural development minister Pankaja Munde found herself in a tight spot on Tuesday after a colleague reminded her of her promise two days earlier
Parents whose children were vaccinated are seen being felicitated by the officials.(HT PHOTO)
Parents whose children were vaccinated are seen being felicitated by the officials.(HT PHOTO)

Measles and Rubella: Only 37% beneficiaries get vaccinated in Malegaon

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nozia Sayyed
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 03:00 PM IST
Due to poor response to the drive in Malegaon, the state government has extended the drive from January 15 to January 31.
People enjoy the winter morning chill around a bornfire at the old Mumbai Highway on Saturday.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
People enjoy the winter morning chill around a bornfire at the old Mumbai Highway on Saturday.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

At 5.9°C, Pune sees coldest December day in 10 years; cold wave to continue

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2018 02:28 PM IST
The city recorded its lowest minimum temperature in 1968 on December 27, when the mercury dipped to 3.3 degrees Celsius
The investigation and trial of the Malegaon blast have seen delays at numerous stages despite state law enforcement making the 12 arrests by November 2008.(Reuters File)
The investigation and trial of the Malegaon blast have seen delays at numerous stages despite state law enforcement making the 12 arrests by November 2008.(Reuters File)

Malegaon blast case trial begins after 10 years, 2 witnesses examined

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 11:08 AM IST
The investigation and trial of the Malegaon blast have seen delays at numerous stages despite state law enforcement making the 12 arrests by November 2008. The state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad said the attack was planned by right-wing Hindu groups and aimed at Malegaon’s Muslim population.
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit being taken to the Sessions Court from Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai.(PTI/File Photo)
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit being taken to the Sessions Court from Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai.(PTI/File Photo)

Lt Col Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya among 7 charged under UAPA for Malegaon blasts

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2018 11:13 PM IST
Malegaon Bast Case: Six persons were killed and over a 100 injured when an explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a power loom town located about 200 km from Mumbai in North Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.
Garbage lies scattered outside garbage bins in Dadar, Mumbai. (Kalpak Pathak / HT Photo)
Garbage lies scattered outside garbage bins in Dadar, Mumbai. (Kalpak Pathak / HT Photo)

What a waste: Seven Maharashtra civic bodies don’t follow norms, says pollution control body

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 02:01 AM IST
The MPCB said Akola, Amravati, Dhule, Kolhapur, Malegaon, Sangli and Ahmednagar municipal corporations were not treating their solid waste in accordance with prescribed guidelines.
The NIA court deferred the framing of charges after Purohit and other accused raised objections on the validity of sanction for their prosecution under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.(PTI File Photo)
The NIA court deferred the framing of charges after Purohit and other accused raised objections on the validity of sanction for their prosecution under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.(PTI File Photo)

Court defers framing of charges against Lt Col Purohit, others in Malegaon blast case

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2018 02:17 PM IST
The Bombay High Court had on Tuesday rejected Purohit’s plea to restrain the trial court from framing charges against him and other accused persons in the case.
Police said there were rumours going around on social media that a gang of child lifters was roaming in Malegaon.(AP Photo/Representative image)
Police said there were rumours going around on social media that a gang of child lifters was roaming in Malegaon.(AP Photo/Representative image)

Couple attacked in Maharashtra’s Malegaon on suspicion of being child lifters

Press Trust of India, Malegaon (Maharashtra) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2018 09:19 PM IST
A beggar couple was attacked hours after five people were beaten to death by a mob in neighbouring Dhule district on the same charge.
Kids eating food at Apnalaya in Govandi(HT Photo)
Kids eating food at Apnalaya in Govandi(HT Photo)

3.6% drop in severe malnutrition cases in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Sadaguru Pandit, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 12:30 AM IST
7.6% drop in moderate malnutrition cases in one of the eight most vulnerable pockets of the state
Himanshu Roy.(HT File Photo)
Himanshu Roy.(HT File Photo)

Himanshu Roy dead: Colleague says he worked hard on his first posting in Malegaon

By Ashfaque Ismail, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 12:34 PM IST
He was hard-working, methodical and very good in public relations, said Nagpur police commissioner K Venkatesham who worked with him at Malegaon
Colonel Purohit was arrested in 2008 along with ten others for the Malegaon blast conspiracy.(PTI File Photo)
Colonel Purohit was arrested in 2008 along with ten others for the Malegaon blast conspiracy.(PTI File Photo)

Malegaon blast: SC asks Purohit to challenge prosecution sanction in trial court

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 08:19 PM IST
Six persons were killed and 101 were injured when an improvised explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off at Malegaon, a town with a sizeable Muslim population in north Maharashtra’s Nashik district, on September 29, 2008.
Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.(PTI File Photo)
Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.(PTI File Photo)

After Mecca Masjid verdict, here’s where 6 other right-wing terror cases stand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 03:59 PM IST
The Sunil Joshi murder case, Modasa blast and Ajmer Sharif blast have already been concluded. The Mecca Masjid blast case is the fourth among the Hindu terror cases where the trial has concluded.
The weather after April 12 will remain dry in most of the state of according to the predictions released by IMD.(HT PHOTO)
The weather after April 12 will remain dry in most of the state of according to the predictions released by IMD.(HT PHOTO)

Pune will be hotter than Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata this week; mercury level to hit 38°C

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 11:06 PM IST
On Tuesday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD), maximum temperature in Pune was 37.1 degrees Celsius, higher than Mumbai which recorded a maximum temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius.
The ambulance toppled after hitting a divider.
The ambulance toppled after hitting a divider.

Malegaon woman who lost her foetus in ambulance crash dies in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Aayushi Pratap, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2018 12:33 AM IST
Tankila Mustaq Ahmed, 35, who was eight months pregnant, was on her way to Sir JJ Hospital along with five other family members on Sunday morning
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