LUCKNOW Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi, 30, was on the radar of security agencies when he recently sent money to Syria from his bank account and two people came to his house to check his credentials. indicated sources. Alerted by this visit on April 2 (Saturday), he attacked security personnel at the gate of Gorakhnath temple on April 3 (Sunday), they said.
UP Police ADG Prashant Kumar, however, denied this and said the visit of two suspicious people to Abbasi’s home had nothing to do with the police. He said the police were checking things out and an investigation was underway.
The sources said Abbasi was on the radar of intelligence agencies due to his suspicious activities long before the attack and security breach at Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur on Sunday. Abbasi had disappeared from the house after his uncle told him about the visit of two suspicious people on Saturday and attempted to breach temple security on Sunday, they added.
Police officials said a large sum of money was found deposited in Abbasi’s bank account and family members said he planned to move to Canada. They said it was mandatory to maintain a certain bank balance to get the visa. However, they were not aware of any suspicious transfer of funds to Syria, officials added.
Officials said police have been questioning Abbasi while in custody for seven days since Monday evening. No less than 13 suspects were arrested in Lucknow, Kanpur, Saharanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar and questioned about it.
On Sunday evening, Abbasi tried to enter the premises of the Gorakhnath temple and attacked security personnel at his door when he was stopped. In the process, Abbasi injured two PAC officers with a sickle, but his attempt to enter the premises was foiled and he was arrested. Security personnel then seized the sickle and a knife from his bag.
State investigative agencies suspected a terrorist connection behind the attack. ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar had said on Monday that the attempted security breach was part of a major conspiracy.
Meanwhile, a video that surfaced on Thursday allegedly showed Gorakhnath temple attacker Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi claiming his hatred was born out of alleged atrocities against Muslims.
He said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was wrong and they [government] used the CAA and the NRC against the Muslims.
The video has not been verified by HT. ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said the police are checking it.
Abbasi had attacked PAC personnel deployed at Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. Two gendarmes were injured in the incident.
He said no one was doing anything about it and someone had to do something. Some police officials said the video indicated that Abbasi had been radicalized to the point that he was even ready to die, committing such crimes.