Sad­hvi’s ‘cel­e­bra­tory’ fir­ing at wed­ding in Haryana kills one

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Neeraj Mo­han neeraj.mo­han@hin­dus­tan­times.com Sad­hvi Deva Thakur is known for her rad­i­cal views.

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.

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