Sadhvi’s ‘celebratory’ firing at wedding in Haryana kills one
A controversial right-wing leader and self-styled godwoman was booked for murder after her celebratory firing at a wedding allegedly killed one woman and left four others seriously injured in Haryana’s Karnal town, police said on Wednesday. The injured included an 11-year-old girl.
Six bodyguards of Sadhvi Deva Thakur, often seen in photographs holding a gun, were also booked for the incident on Tuesday night at Karnal.
Thakur, a former vice-president of the Vishwa Hindu Mahasabha, is known for her radical views. An FIR was registered against her in Srinagar last year for allegedly saying that Muslims and Christians must undergo sterilisation to restrict their growing population.
The incident is the latest controversy involving a self-styled seer in the country where they have millions of followers and are even given god-like status.
A video clip from the marriage ceremony purportedly shows Thakur and her bodyguards firing indiscriminately from their weapons. Hindustan Times could not independently verify the authenticity of the clip.