Lt. Col. Srikant Purohit arrested
In a shocking development, Lt. Colonel Srikant Prasad Purohit, a service officer in Indian Army, has been arrested by the Mumbai ATS for his alleged involvement in the Malegaon bomb blast. Lt. Col. Purohit was questioned by the ATS last week. He was detained after the Mumbai ATS unearthed an SMS sent by him to another accused Retd. Major Ramesh Upadhyay.
The SMS sent by Srikant Purhoit read as “We seems to be targeted by ATS. Shivnarain confessed everything. Change SIM card immediately”. The Mumbai ATS filed an FIR against Lt. Col. Purohit before formally arresting him. The latest development sent shockwave across the defence forces, as it is the first-ever instance a serving Army officer has been implicated in terrorist activities. Lt. Col. Srikant Purohit will be produced in Nasik court later today.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai ATS conducted another round of brain mapping and narco test on Sadhvi Pragya Singh and other accused Retd. Major Ramesh Upadhyay and Sameer Kulkarni. Results of the tests are not yet known.