In a new development regarding the Gorakhnath Temple attack on Friday, sources revealed that the accused Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi will be prosecuted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has started working on this process and the case will soon be handed over to the NIA. According to sources, the UP ATS detained 5 other people in connection with this case who allegedly knew about Abbasi’s every move.
Additionally, the accused told ATS during the investigation that he wanted Sharia to be enforced in the country, sources said. Apparently, Abbasi easily knew all the methods of making bombs because he is a chemical engineer. Sources also pointed out that he admitted to deleting some important information from his laptop and cell phone.
The attack on the temple of Gorakhnath
On the evening of April 3, 30-year-old IIT graduate Ahmad Abbasi attempted to break into the premises of the Gorakhnath temple. When security personnel tried to arrest him, he attacked them with a sickle, injuring two provincial armed gendarmerie officers. After he was arrested, the sickle and a knife were seized from his possession. A joint Special Task Force and ATS team is investigating the case and trying to determine if Abbasi had ties to a terrorist organization.
It is pertinent to note that UP CM Yogi Adityanath is the chief priest of Gorakhnath Temple. Meanwhile, Adityanath announced a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh for the two jawans and Constable Anurag Rajput, who foiled the attack. Following the Gorakhnath temple attack, security has been tightened at sensitive religious locations in Uttar Pradesh, including the Shri Krishna Janmasthan temple complex.
The day after the attack, the accused’s father, Munir Abbasi, told ANI: “He (my son) is not mentally stable. Since childhood, he has suffered from depression. He also received medical treatment. Due to some developments, he thought the police were after him. He had no planning and did so due to his current mental state.” Sources said investigators tried to cross-check the facts that emerged during the investigation with Munir Abbasi. At the same time, the UP ATS also arrested the accused’s aide Abdul Rehman from Saharapur.