'No evidence of Purohit supplying RDX for Samjhauta blast'
Maharashtra police said it has no evidence that Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, arrested for his alleged involvement in Malegaon blast, had supplied the RDX used in the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast.india Updated: Jan 21, 2009 10:09 IST
Maharashtra police on Tuesday said it has no evidence that Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, arrested for his alleged involvement in Malegaon blast, had supplied the RDX used in the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast.
"While investigating the Malegaon blast case, we found one witness who said that Purohit had claimed to him that he (Purohit) had supplied the RDX used in Samjhauta train blast," Additional Director General of Police K P Raghuvanshi told reporters in Mumbai.
"There was only one witness who had made this statement," he said.
Haryana police had questioned Purohit on the matter and they would be able to speak on his possible involvement, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief said.
"However, in our investigations no such evidence has been found," he said.
The ATS has not found any evidence of Purohit or the other ten members of the group involved in the Malegaon blast having played a role in any other blasts, Raghuvanshi said.
The locations, if any, of where the group planned to commit further blasts in the future was also not known and they had been intercepted before executing any plans, he said.
Raghuvanshi's remarks assume importance in the wake of reports that Pakistan would seek the extradition of Purohit in connection with Samjhauta Express blast.
The ATS today filed a chargesheet against 11 persons for their involvement in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case in which at least six persons were killed and over 100 injured.