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Lt Col admits to his crime
Published on 15 Nov. 2008 12:13 AM IST
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The prime accused in Malegaon blast case, Lt Colonel Purohit has confessed to his crime in the narco tests conducted on Friday. Purohit has accepted that the Nanded and Ajmer blasts were masterminded by Dayanand Pandey, a self styled guru, who was arrested by Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad from Kanpur. “Associates instilled hatred against a community, so I did it,” Purohit said. The Lt Colonel also said that Pandey introduced him to Pragya Singh Thakur, a sadhvi, who is already arrested for her alleged links with Malegaon bombing. Purohit further said that at least five hundred people were trained for terror strikes. He revealed that Ahmedabad ashram sheltered these people. Dayanand Pandey has been remanded to police custody till November 26. According to PTI, a former Colonel is now being probed by the ATS for alleged links with the Malegaon blast prime accused Lt Col S P Purohit and may have extended help in training cadres of Abhinav Bharat, a little-known right wing group suspected to be involved in the conspiracy. The Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) is investigating Col (retd) S S Raikar, who served as Commandant of Bhonsale Military School in Nashik after his premature retirement earlier this year. At the time of his retirement, he was with the Army Liaison Cell, a face of the Military Intelligence. When contacted, an Army spokesperson in Delhi acknowledged that Raikar was under the ATS scanner. It is “not considered appropriate to provide inputs on personnel who are currently being investigated by ATS,” Veerendra Singh, APRO (Army), said in a written response to PTI. In Nashik, the ATS today produced before a local court self-styled guru Dayanad Pandey alias Mahant Amritanand who was arrested from Kanpur for his alleged involvement in the blast. He was remanded to police custody till November 26. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and HRD Minister Arjun Singh today suggested a comprehensive probe into Malegaon blasts as his party alleged links between outfits inspired by Sangh Parivar ideology and terror outfits like Indian Mujahideen (IM) and SIMI. “I feel there should be a comprehensive probe,” Singh told reporters hailing as “good suggestions” Congress demands for setting up of a Multi Disciplinary Task Force into the alleged linkages between Sangh parivar organisations and outfits like IM and SIMI. The senior Congress leader said the probe should be carried out with a non-partisan attitude and such an inquiry would help the polity. Singh, a vocal critic of RSS and its affiliates, said “from the beginning, I had my doubts about Sangh Parivar...It should have been brought up after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi...But not taken forward at that time”. His remarks came close on the heels of Congress accusing linkages between IM and SIMI and various organisations affiliated to and inspired by Sangh Parivar like Hindu Jagran Manch, Jai Vande Mataram, Jan Kalyan Samiti and Abhinav Bharat. The party also wanted a sitting Supreme Court judge to inquire into the working of private military schools like the Bhonsla Military School and Sankalp, a finishing school for civil service aspirants to see whether they are not working with a partisan mindset.

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