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'Lt Col to be probed in other blasts too'

Mumbai Police will be probing if Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit and others arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts had any role in the explosions in other parts of the country this year.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2008 16:41 IST

Mumbai Police will be probing if Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit and others arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts had any role in the explosions in other parts of the country this year even as the hunt for two absconding accused intensified on Thursday.

Mumbai Police's plans for future investigations was communicated to the Nashik court after it granted the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) custody of Purohit for ten days.

Officials attached with the interrogation said the initial questioning of Purohit indicated that he had developed contacts with radical elements when he was posted in the Army Liaison Cell Unit, a front cover for Military Intelligence, in 2005-06.

In a related development, a hunt for Ramnarayan Kalsangram and Samir Dange, who are alleged to have planned and executed the Malegaon blasts, in which five people were killed and dozen others injured, has been intensified, official sources said.

Officials said the two were suspected to have planted the motorcycle-laden explosives in Malegaon on September 29.

The ATS has arrested nine persons for allegedly being involved in the September 29 blasts in Malegaon - Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Shivnarayan Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu, retired army major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay Rahirkar, Rakesh Dhawde, Jagdish Mhatre and Srikant Purohit.