Lt Col Prasad Purohit

  • Court drops MCOCA against Malegaon blast accused July 31, 2009

    Mumbai: Investigators in the Malegaon blast case have suffered a major legal reverse after a special court dropped charges under the Maharashtra anti-terror law Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against 11 accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt. Col. Prasad SP Purohit. The court also ordered the trial...
  • Malegaon case: Three more Army men under scanner December 22, 2008

    New Delhi: Two non-commissioned officers and one junior commissioned officer of the Indian Army are being questioned by Anti-Terrorism Squad in connection with the Malegaon blast case. They have been rounded up for their links with Lt Colonel Purohit, one of the prime accused in the case. The three men...
  • ATS gives court Pandey, Purohit conversation recording November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has produced new evidence in the MCOCA court on the Malegaon blast. The ATS submitted video and audio recordings of conversations between the suspects found on Dayanand Pandey's laptop. The recordings are allegedly of conversations between Pandey and other accused like Lt Col Prasad...
  • Malegaon accused scream torture, ATS feels the pain November 26, 2008

    New Delhi/Mumbai: As the Malegaon accused, Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, prepare to fight the long legal battle ahead, the Anti-Terrorism Squad is also treading the road less travelled. Investigations so far reveal Purohit was the leader of the pack. The mastermind Purohit brought the Sadhvi's organisation Vandemataram Samiti and...
  • Sadhvi cries torture, gets rights panel's attention November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Maharashtra government on the allegation made by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a suspect in the Malegaon blast case, that the police tortured her. The Commission sent notices to Maharashtra Chief Secretary Johny Joseph and Director General of Police...
  • I was tortured, made to see obscene CD: Sadhvi November 24, 2008

    Mumbai: Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Monday charged the Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad with making her hear an obscene CD and repeated her earlier allegation that the agency had tortured her. Thakur alleged there was no lady officer present during her interrogation and the officials made her watch an...
  • Malegaon case: Sadhvi produced in MCOCA court November 24, 2008

    New Delhi: Prime accused in the Malegaon case, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and seven other accused have been produced before a MCOCA court in Mumbai. The Sadhvi walked calmly as she walked to the courtroom with her face uncovered. The Maharashtra ATS, which is investigating the case, had last week...
  • RSS brass on Malegaon suspects' hit list: ATS November 22, 2008

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad claims that top brass of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was on the hit list of Malegaon blast suspects - retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay and self-styled spiritual leader Swami Dyanand Pandey. These revelations - that the ATS claims have been made by another suspect Lt Col...
  • We have evidence, may arrest more: ATS chief November 21, 2008

    Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare says the arrests of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a Hindu spiritual leader, and Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit and their interrogation has given the ATS enough proof to convict those accused of being involved in the blast. Those arrested have also alleged that the...
  • ATS men are Hindus too, says Chhagan Bhujbal November 21, 2008

    Nagpur: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday hit out at those doubting the integrity of the Anti-Terrorism Squad in the Malegaon blast investigations, merely because the accused happen to be Hindus. "If the accused are Hindus, so are the investigators. How can they be...
  • Malegaon probe: ATS chief denies political pressure November 21, 2008

    Mumbai: All the accused in the malegaon blast were seen sharing a stage in April this year at a function of the Abhinav Bharat. Now, the accused will have another thing in common - all of them have been charged under MCOCA, Maharashtra's tough law to fight organised crime. It...
  • Malegaon blast: Advani meets PM, complains about ATS November 20, 2008

    New Delhi: The Malegaon blast investigations have spiraled into a raging political controversy. Politics over the Anti-Terrorism Squad's (ATS) investigation into the Malegaon blast is continuing. BJP's prime ministerial candidate, L K Advani has now spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue. He said the ATS should not torture the...
  • Malegaon blast suspects booked under tough law November 20, 2008

    Mumbai: All the 10 accused in the Malegaon blast case have been booked under a stringent law, which allows the police not file charges against suspects for up to 180 days. The blast on September 29, which killed five people in the communally sensitive textile town, was planned by an organised...
  • Blasted theories? ATS' Samjhauta-Saffron angle twisted November 16, 2008

    Mumbai: The Anti-Terror Squad has claimed that Lt Col Purohit who has been linked to the Samjhauta blasts supplied RDX for the attack. However, this theory is in sharp contrast with the forensic reports available so far. The ATS is yet to file a chargesheet but the hint that Purohit...
  • Prosecutor in Malegaon blast case gets threat to life November 15, 2008

    Nashik: Special public prosecutor Ajay Misar, appearing for the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police in the Malegaon bomb blast case, on Saturday lodged a complaint with the police that he has received threat to his life. Misar in his complaint told city police chief Himanshu Roy that the threat...
  • Malegaon blast: 'Spiritual guru' produced in court November 14, 2008

    New Delhi: Self-styled spiritual guru, Dayanand Pandey alias Swami Amritanand - arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast case - was produced in a Nashik Court on Friday. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) told the court that Pandey was close to both Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, both...