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CBI wants to question Lt Col Purohit

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Nov 17, 2008 at 07:04pm IST

New Delhi: The list of investigating agencies that want to question Lt. Col. Srikant Prasad Purohit, the Army officer under arrest for the Malegaon blast, is getting longer.

Purohit and nine other people have so far been arrested for the Malegaon blast on September 29 bombing in which five people were killed. Purohit is alleged to have trained the people who carried out the blast and supplied explosives.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Haryana Police wants Purohit’s custody to interrogate him in connection with the explosion on the Samjhauta Express train between India and Pakistan in February 2007.

The Haryana ATS has questioned Purohit and Dayanand Pandey, the self-styled pontiff from Kanpur arrested in connection with Malegaon explosions, for their suspected involvement in Samjhauta Express blast which killed 68 people.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wants to question Purohit in connection with the Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad in May 2007. In the Mecca Masjid blasts as many as 14 people were killed and over 50 injured.

The case was investigated by the Hyderabad police’s special wing and was later handed over to the CBI, which could not come to any conclusion.

The country’s defence services insist that Purohit’s arrest is a rare exception. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major on Monday said Purohit’s arrest “a minor aberration''.

''We have a million-strong military. Purohit's is but one case. It is no big deal,'' he said.

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