Police interrogate Army officer
Based on text messages he allegedly sent, a lieutenant colonel of the Indian Army based is being questioned for his alleged links to suspects in the Malegaon blast, report P Naveen, Rajesh Johri and Presley Thomas.india Updated: Oct 31, 2008 11:47 IST
Based on text messages he allegedly sent, a lieutenant colonel of the Indian Army based is being questioned for his alleged links to suspects in the September 29 bomb blast in Malegaon that killed four.
Military Intelligence officials from the Lucknow-based Central Command interrogated Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit on Thursday, according to sources who declined to be identified since they are not authorised to speak to the media.
Purohit was learning a foreign language at the Army Education Corps in Pachmarhi, a Madhya Pradesh hill town. He is suspected of links with retired Army Major Ramesh Upadhyay, arrested on October 29 by the Maharashtra Police for alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast.
Army officials in Pachmarhi refused comment. Spokesperson for the Central Command in Lucknow, Dr Kismat Sagar, said: “We don’t have any information (on this) so far.”
Army Headquarters in Delhi said it would “continue to provide all assistance to the investigating agency as and when required”.
“While no formal application has been received from the police authorities, the Army HQ has decided to extend full cooperation and facilitate interaction of the officer with the investigating officials,” the release said.