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The army has widened and deepened an internal investigation to find out if Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Srikant Purohit, the officer arrested on a terror charge in the Malegaon Bombings, was linked to a network that was tapping more within the soldiery.

The investigation is a counter-intelligence exercise, a source in the Indian army headquarters has confirmed, on Sunday 03/22/2009, to The Telegraph Indian newspaper.

A fact-finding three-member court of inquiry headed by a brigadier has been given the brief to probe the possible involvement of other officers/soldiers knowingly or unknowingly in a conspiracy; this is being examined to see if provisions of the Army Act have been violated

Prasad Srikant Purohit was arrested in early 11/2008. Six persons were killed in the Malegaon blasts on 09/29/2008.

Lt.Col Prasad Srikant Purohit, an intelligence corps officer, was then going through a language course in Panchmarhi. He was alleged to be a member of the Abhinav Bharti, a pro-Hindu, Pune-based outfit that campaigns against what it says is a “rampaging Islamic tide”.

Lt.Col’ Prasad Srikant Purohit is the first serving army officer to face a terror charge. The case has taken a huge toll on the army’s image and, to the embarrassment of India, even the Pakistani media has played it up.


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