The BBC’s Geeta Pandey profiles this controversial preacher. Police in India are looking for Sadhvi Deva Thakur, who is on the run after firing celebratory shots in the air at a wedding.
Sadhvi Deva Thakur is first seen firing from a revolver and then a double-barrel gun, in the northern state of Haryana on Tuesday In a video of the incident. A few of her guards are also seen shooting along with her.
The groom’s aunt was killed and three of his relatives critically wounded.
“The Sadhvi walked up to the dance floor, asked the DJ to play a song of her choice, and began dancing,” Indian media reports quoted stunned guests at the wedding as saying that.
And, much to the horror of everyone around, shooting.
“Families of both the groom and the bride pleaded with her to stop, but their entreaties fell on deaf ears,” said Reports.
After being hit by a stray bullet and three others were critically injured, that the firing stopped, It was only when the groom’s 50-year-old aunt collapsed.
Police have registered a case of murder against the seven and are trying to track them down. In the confusion that followed, the Sadhvi and her six guards escaped.
This is not the first time that Sadhvi Thakur has been in the news for the wrong reasons.
“Christians and Muslims must undergo sterilisation to restrict their growing population,” Last year, police registered a case against her for saying that.
She told a gathering, They should be forced to undergo sterilisation so that they can’t increase their numbers. To control this, the government should bring in a law to stop Christians and Muslims from producing so many children. The population of Christians and Muslims is growing every day.”
She said, “You draw a line next to it that’s even longer, How do you compete with a line that keeps getting longer?