Indian Army suspends Lt Col Purohit

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New Delhi, Nov 26: Once known as a 'bright and diligent recruit' by his superiors, Lt Col Purohit now is an embarassment to Indian Army. Days after he was arrested for a supposed invlovement in the Malegaon blasts, the Indian Army on Wednesday, Nov 26 suspended Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Srikanth Purohit from service on disciplinary grounds as his hands are tinted with blood of innocents.

Though, he cannot wear Army uniform until he gets a clean chit from the court, Purohit would still be entitled to the half of his salary. Arrested under MCOCA, Purohit is being questioned by Mumbai ATS in connection with Malegaon blast. However, Purohit is not expected to get any relief for six months as person booked under MCOCA cannot apply for bail for six months. Another accused in the case Swami Dayanand Pandey is due to be produced in court on Wednesday, Nov 26.

Earlier, special MCOCA court had directed the Maharashtra government to file its reply on the allegations of physical and mental torture levelled by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and other accused in the Malegaon blast case by December 3.

Sadhvi, Purohit and other accused had alleged in the court that they were tortured physically and mentally by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials.

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