Sadhvi Pragya arrested for Sunil Joshi’s murder

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The Madhya Pradesh police have arrested Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for the murder of former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, himself an accused in the Ajmer Dargah and Mecca Masjid bombings of 2007.

Police officers from Dewas, where Joshi was murdered, questioned the sadhvi at Mumbai's JJ Hospital with the permission of the MCOCA court in that city before putting her under arrest.

Pragya, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital for several weeks now, has been charged with conspiracy, murder and destruction of evidence.

As reported by The Indian Express on January 21, the sadhvi visited Joshi's home in Vikasnagar locality of Dewas town on the night of December 29, 2007, and took away a briefcase. Joshi had been shot dead only hours earlier, but she did not inform the family about his death.

"I learnt that my uncle was dead only after Pragya Didi left hurriedly. A local RSS leader stayed in our house to ensure that the TV was switched off and the news of his death did not reach my grandmother," Chanchal, the 19-year-old daughter of Sunil Joshi's brother Anil, had told The Indian Express.

Following the publication of the report — based on interviews with Sunil Joshi's relatives — the National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited the family on February 15, and questioned Chanchal. The Madhya Pradesh police had, until then, taken no statement from the teen. Chanchal had travelled to several religious places with her uncle, and knew the sadhvi as a regular visitor to their home.

The court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class in Dewas accepted a Dewas police application today, seeking a production warrant for Pragya. The sadhvi will be produced in the court on March 9, the police said, provided she was declared medically fit and the warrant was not challenged in the Mumbai court.

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