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Purohit's laptop might reveal details

The missing laptop computer of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, a key accused in the Malegaon blast case, has been found and is expected to reveal crucial details about involvement of other persons in the conspiracy.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2008 13:29 IST

The missing laptop computer of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, a key accused in the Malegaon blast case, has been found and is expected to reveal crucial details about involvement of other persons in the conspiracy, police sources said in mumbai on Thursday.

The computer was initially not found after the detention of Purohit from Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh and is suspected to contain details of other members of the right wing group Abhinav Bharat who could have had a role to play in the Malegaon blast.

It is also suspected to contain details of persons who had undergone training in camps organised by Purohit and others and details of the monetary transactions that were carried out by members of the group, the sources said.

However, ATS officials refused to comment on the issue saying it was still too early to reveal any details. They also refused to comment on where the computer would be taken for forensic analysis.

Authorities at the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in suburban Santacruz said they had not yet received the computer for forensic analysis.

Ten persons have been arrested so far for their alleged involvement in carrying out a blast in Malegaon on September 29 in which six persons were killed and about 80 injured.

One of the arrested in the Malegaon case, Ajay Rahirkar, had allegedly received funds through 'hawala channels' which were then disbursed among others at the behest of Purohit, ATS officials had said.