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Malegaon miracle: How Pragya Thakur dumped wheelchair, started dancing

Malegaon miracle: How Pragya Thakur dumped wheelchair, started dancing

Two video clips showing Bhopal Lok Sabha member and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur playing Kabaddi and dancing Garba have gone viral since October 15. Earlier, two more videos had gone viral in which she is seen playing basketball and dancing in a wedding party.

The clips have provoked widespread jibes because the controversial BJP leader, who is often seen on a wheelchair, was granted bail in the Malegaon blast case in 2017 on health grounds.

She was granted bail after the special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court dropped charges of being a member of a terrorist organisation as well as those under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

In January this year, the special NIA court in Mumbai that is hearing the blast case, exempted her from regular appearance on her petition citing poor health condition.

In July this year she had kicked off a controversy after being administered COVID-19 vaccinations at her home. The Congress criticised Pragya Thakur for wresting such a concession after videos showing her playing basketball and dancing at a wedding party went viral.

The videos have been retweeted by various Congress leaders, who took taunted the MP, and wondering aloud when her next meeting was with the NIA.

Pragya Thakur is among the seven accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which six people were killed and 100 others were injured on September 29, 2008.

The court had charged Pragya Thakur, Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, Sameer Kulkarni, Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Ajay Rahilkar with murder, abetment and conspiracy under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

They have also been charged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 153 (a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups), and relevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.

The court framed terror charges against Purohit, Thakur and five other accused in October 2018.


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