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IB probing army officer's role in Malegaon blasts

October 31, 2008 13:21 IST

With the role of a serving Army Lieutenant Colonel coming under cloud in the Malegaon blasts, government has roped in the Intelligence Bureau to conduct a parallel probe in the case.

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Defence Minister A K Antony told media persons in New Delhi [Images] on Friday that the IB, along with the Maharashtra police, was already investigating the Malegaon blasts and the role of serving Army personnel.

"Already Maharashtra police and the IB are investigating the matter. Let us see the result of the investigation. Army is fully cooperating in the investigation," Antony said, replying to a question on his ministry's views on the alleged role of serving army personnel in the Malegaon blasts.

The Army had on Thursday announced that it had already sent the officer concerned to Mumbai for allowing interaction between him and the police.

The September 29 blasts in Malegaon had claimed about half-a-dozen lives and the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra police had arrested sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, retired Army major Ramesh Upadhyaya and his associate Sharad Kulkarni in connection with the blasts.

The ATS wanted to question a Lieutenant Colonel, who is currently posted at the Army Education Corps School in Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh [Images], for his alleged links with the suspects in the case.

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