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‘I was tortured to take names of senior leaders of RSS, VHP and Yogi Adityanath, treated worse than animals’: Lt Col Purohit tells NIA court

“‘I was tortured to take names of senior leaders of RSS, VHP and Yogi Adityanath, treated worse than animals’: Lt Col Purohit tells NIA court”, Opindia, May 10, 2024:

“On 8th May, Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who was accused of an alleged role in the 2008 Malegaon blast under the UPA government, disclosed that Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officers illegally questioned and tortured him to name prominent right-wing leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) including Yogi Adityanath.

Current UP CM Yogi Adityanath was the MP from Gorakhpur at that time.

He put forward the charge in a written statement presented before the NIA Special Court, pursuant to Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Lt Col Purohit stated in his 23-page testimony that he was tortured and forced to accept the blame for the explosion by senior Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) personnel.

The officer unveiled that he was brought into custody on 29th October 2008, even though the ATS did not record him as arrested and expressed that while he was not even formally detained, ATS had leaked bogus material to media outlets that reported on the agency’s success in breaking the case and naming him, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and others as the accused……”

Read the full article at Opindia.com

 

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