Digvijay Singh claimed that Hemant Karkare was under threat by those opposing the Malegaon blast probe. He also maintained that he was "not hinting at any controversy at Karkare's death". Hemant Karkare was under threat for bringing to the table those accused in the Malegaon blast that killed 37 people and injured close to 125 people. The probe pointed to Hindu extremist groups and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and a serving Indian Army officer, Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit were arrested in this regard.
Karkare was the braveheart who took the terrorists head-on and faced the tirade of threats that was initiated by Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
AR Antulay, the Minorities Affairs Minister had claimed way back in 2008 that "Superficially speaking they (terrorists) had no reason to kill Karkare. Whether he (Karkare) was a victim of terrorism or terrorism plus something I do not know". Antulay faced a lot of flak for this remark and was criticised by partypersons both within the Congress and the Opposition.