Purohit team targeted Muslims as well as Christians: Army

Military Intelligence after interrogating Lt Colonel Purohit has in its report said that not only Muslims, but also Christians were the targets of Purohit team. According to the report, Abhinav Bharat targeted Christians at Kandhamal in Orissa, Karnataka, Pune, Jabalpur and Bhopal. Purohit’s key aide Sameer Kulkarni is alleged to have killed two Christians in Orissa in the year 2008.

According to the army report, Pragya confronted Purohit during their joint questioning by the Military Intelligence, Maharashtra ATS and IB on 30 October, 2008 at Khandala. The report said, “She mentioned that the Army officer had met her on 5 October 2008, and confessed to have orchestrated the Malegoan blast, killing of two persons in Orissa in August 2008, and arson in North Karnataka. The officer admitted to having made such statements to Sadhvi Pragya but attributed these outbursts to his boasting about the Malegaon incident. Later, during the same confrontation, he admitted that this outfit had killed two persons in Orissa through Sameer Kulkarni, a full-time activist of Abhinav Bharat.” This was reported by the Indian Express on 29 January 2011.

The MI report further said, “Responsible for covert operations, the RSS activist Sameer Kulkarni was instrumental in breaking influential RSS and VHP workers towards Abhinav Bharat. He is known to be associated with the core group which had undertaken the IED blast in Ajmer in 2007. In March 2008, he accompanied Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange to Purohit’s residence in Panchmarhi. Police records confirmed his involvement in anti-Christian riots in Pune, Jabalpur and Bhopal. Lt Col Purohit admitted that, on behalf of Abhinav Bharat, Sameer killed two Christians in Orissa in August 2008. This act indicated that Lt Col Purohit wanted to establish an organisation with aggressive anti-Christian stance.”

The important findings of the MI report are: 1. Rakesh Dhavde was instructed by Purohit to supply RDX to Ramji Kalsangra and Dange in August 2008. 2. Dhavde received seven rounds of 9-mm service ammunition from Purohit, who had taken it out from Army units in Devlali. 3. Purohit illegally sold his 7.62-mm pistol to Atul Chandrakant Potnis, a Pune dealer. 4. A 32 mm Lama pistol was received by Purohit through Lt Col (retd) Shailesh Raikar, to be sold in Pune. 5. Purohit had a Webley & Scott revolver purchased from Potnis.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 5

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