POLICE in India have arrested an army officer in connection with two bombings in Maharashtra state which killed at least eight people in September, reports BBC. The blasts happened in the mainly Muslim towns of Malegaon and Modasa. Police say Srikant Purohit is accused of providing logistical support for Hindu militants to make bombs. Observers say it may be the first time a serving Indian army officer has been arrested and accused of having links to Hindu militants. At least nine other people - including a retired army major, Ramesh Upadhyay - have already been detained in the case. Officers from the anti-terrorism squad in the western city of Mumbai questioned Lt-Col Srikant Purohit for several days before finally arresting him. "He was arrested this morning and is being produced in court," Ajay Misar, a govt lawyer acting in the case, told Reuters news agency. Lt-Col Purohit appeared in court later on Wednesday and was remanded in custody. The Press Trust of India reported that he was detained last week at the Army Education Corps Training College in the state of Madhya Pradesh. There was no immediate response from the Indian army. India has been hit by a number of explosions in recent months, many of them blamed on local Muslim militants. Two years ago, at least 37 people were killed and more than 125 others injured in bombings at a Muslim graveyard in Malegaon. The govt said at the time of the most recent blasts that its main concern was to stop religious violence from flaring up again.