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Accused in Gorakhnath temple attack charged under UAPA: Cops | Latest India News

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) invoked the strict Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against the accused Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi in the Gorakhnath temple attack case, it has been reported senior police officials on Saturday.

Abbasi was taken into custody for 14 days after his custody ended on Saturday afternoon, they added.

The UAPA allows investigative agencies to obtain a longer pre-trial detention of the accused and an extended time to file an indictment.

Charges under Section 16 of the UAPA relating to a terrorist act, Section 18 (terrorist conspiracy), Section 20 (for being a member of a terrorist gang or organization) and Section 40 (fundraising for a terrorist organization) were added against Abbasi, said Naveen Arora, additional general manager (ADG) of UP ATS.

The UAPA was invoked based on the defendant’s interrogation, as well as electronic and financial transactions related to the financing of terrorism against him, Arora said.

The ATS has been interrogating Abbasi since April 4 after he was detained for seven days by a court in Gorakhpur. Later, the custody was extended for another five days.

Earlier today, the ATS team presented Abbasi before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) court in Gorakhpur. After hearing the prosecution’s arguments, the court sent Abbasi to Gorakhpur prison in custody for 14 days. The ATS, in a statement, said it would now appeal for the case to be transferred to the ATS Special Court in Lucknow for a rehearing.

Abbasi, a graduate of IIT-Mumbai, attempted to break into the premises of the Gorakhnath temple on April 3. When security personnel attempted to arrest him, he attacked them with a sickle, injuring two officers of the Provincial Armed Gendarmerie (PAC). He was quickly subdued by other security personnel and arrested. Security personnel seized the sickle used in the attack and a knife in his possession.

The premises of Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur also houses the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as the chief priest of the temple. The CM was not on the premises of the temple at the time of the attack.