‘Col gave RDX for train blast’
Lt Col Shrikant Purohit had procured 60 kg of RDX which was allegedly used in the Samjhauta blasts. Vignesh Iyer & Presley Thomas report.india Updated: Nov 16, 2008 01:02 IST
Lt Col Shrikant Purohit had procured 60 kg of RDX which was allegedly used in the Samjhauta blasts.
This was revealed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the court while seeking Purohit’s police custody.
The ATS said they want to investigate if Purohit had allegedly played any role in the blasts.
Special Public Prosecutor Ajay Mishar told the court that when Purohit was posted at the Deolali camp in Nashik, he had procured RDX from Jammu and Kashmir in 2006, which was supposed to have been deposited in his army camp.
Mishar said that Purohit once said he had deposited but later said he has disposed it off in the Jhelum river.
The prosecution also told the court that there is a witness, who has already given a statement to the police about Purohit procuring RDX.
Mishar also said investigation and details given by the witness revealed that Purohit had given the RDX to someone named Bhagawan, which was allegedly used in the Samjhauta Express blasts on February 18, 2007.
Sixty-eight people were killed when a blast ripped Samjhauta Express, a train plying between Delhi and Lahore.
K.K. Mishra, inspector general of Haryana police (Railways & Technical Services) said: “If needed, we will ask for Purohit’s custody and possibly another narco-analysis test that would focus on Samjhauta blast probe. But the Malegaon blast probe is turning out to be interesting.”
Purohit’s presence in Madhya Pradesh along with three other arrested accused has made the Haryana police even more suspicious.
“Our team had been to Indore and investigated but nothing had come out of it,” added Mishra. The team then had interrogated a tailor who admitted that the handwriting on the suitcases was his. But he had failed to identify the sketches then released by the Haryana police.
Since then, the Samjhauta blasts probe had hit a roadblock.