Army officer arrested for role in Malegaon blast

November 5th, 2008 - 12:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) A serving Indian Army officer has been arrested by Maharashtra’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for his alleged involvement in the Sep 29 Malegaon blast that claimed six lives, an army official said here Wednesday.Lt. Col. Srikant Purohit was arrested late Tuesday in Mumbai, where he was being interrogated by the ATS for the past few days.

“Custody of Lt. Col. Purohit was given to Maharshtra ATS after they sought permission in this regard,” an army official told IANS.

The ATS began interrogating Purohit after his name cropped up in investigations following the arrest of two retired Indian army officers for their role in the Malegaon blasts.

Purohit is suspected to have helped bomb blast accused sadhvi (Hindu monk) Pragya Thakur, retired army major Ramesh Upadhyaya and his associate Sharad Kulkarni in procuring RDX used in the blasts.

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