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Malegaon blast: Purohit indicts Indresh, Sadhvi Pragya

A letter written by Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Srikant Purohit to the army intelligence has revealed the involvement of senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the attack. The question is if Purohit was blowing the whistle on the right-wing extremism or it was a ploy to cover his own tracks.

“The blasts which took place in Gujarat and Malegaon are on the same day and same time using the same technique. I had learnt that it is Mr Indresh Kumar of the RSS, who is instrumental in carrying out these actions. It is likely that senior RSS officials like Indresh Kumar are playing in the hands of ISI, knowingly or unknowingly.”

This damning disclosure has been made by LT Col Purohit before the court of enquiry initiated against him after his arrest in the Malegaon blast case of 2008. Interestingly, Purohit had shared inputs with his seniors before his arrest in the case. The hand-written letter dated October 15, 2008 submitted by Lt Col Purohit before the court of enquiry has been accessed by Headlines Today.

In his letter, the Lt Colonel not only accuses Indresh Kumar as conspirator in the Malegaon and Ajmer blasts, he also talks about Sadhvi Pragya’s alleged role in these blasts. Another person is a lady Pradnya Singh, originally resident of Murana or Bhind.

The vehicle used in the Malegaon bomb blast was assembled from three different vehicles, one of which was ‘Bajaj Freedom’ registered in Pradnya Singh’s name.

It was utilized by Pracharak (Sunil) Joshi before he got killed and the vehicle’s registration is from Surat in Gujarat.

Lt Colonel Purohit’s letter was addressed to Major Bhagirath Dey, who at the time was posted as Intelligence officer at Jabalpur CCLU.

“I was undergoing a special Chinese refresher course at Panchmarhi Army Educational Corps Training college from July 14, 2008 to Oct 4, 2008. During that course I met Lt Col Purohit,” says Dey.

“Around the second week of October 2008, I received a call from Lt Col Purohit. He had some information which he said he could not share on telephone. On October 15, 2008 I sent Havaldar to meet Lt Col Purohit and he came back with a letter. The letter contained some vague information regarding one RSS leader Indresh Kumar and a lady called Pragya Singh,” Dey added.

RSS big wig Indresh Kumar’s name has already figured in the chargesheet filed by the Rajasthan ATS in the Ajmer blast case. Not just this, Indresh has also been questioned in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad. Will the anti-terrorism squad bother to question him on this damning disclosure by Col Purohit? (Aariz Chandra - indiatoday.intoday.in -  3 Mar 11)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 22

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