Gorakhnath Temple Attack: Terror Link Behind Gorakhnath Temple Attack ?; Accused IIT Mumbai graduate
Gorakhnath Temple Attack: On Sunday, a youth attacked the police with a sharp weapon at Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. The investigation into the case has been handed over to the anti-terrorism squad, and the possibility of a terror link behind the attack cannot be ruled out, police said.
Gorakhpur: The Gorakhnath temple attack case in Gorakhpur seems to be taking a serious turn. The possibility of a terrorist organization being behind this is increasing. The investigation into the attack has been handed over to the Uttar Pradesh ATS, and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will also be assisted in the investigation. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Kumar Awasthi and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar's details in a press conference at Lok Bhavan today. (Gorakhnath Temple Attack Breaking News)
At around 7 pm on Sunday, a youth attacked a PAC battalion deployed for security at the Gorakhnath temple area with a sharp weapon. The young man did this while making a religious proclamation. Two jawans, Gopal Gaud and Anil Kumar Paswan were injured in the attack. The following incident took place after an attempt was made to snatch a weapon from Gopal's hand. He was arrested before the assailants could enter the temple. The accused, identified as Ahmed Murtaza, was produced in court and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. Chief Minister Yogi has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each for the injured soldiers.
The investigation into the incident has been handed over to the ATS, Prashant Kumar said. Accused Murtaza is being interrogated. His family members are also being questioned. It is being investigated whether there is any conspiracy behind this. Replying to a question, Prashant Kumar said that the possibility of involvement of a terrorist organization in the incident could not be ruled out.
As Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the presiding deity of Shri Gorakhpitha, the seriousness of the attack on Gorakhnath temple has increased. The accused, Ahmed Murtaza, is a resident of Gorakhpur. Murtaza holds a degree in Engineering from IIT Mumbai. When he was caught outside the temple, he shouted, "Shoot me." He was also injured in the scuffle.
He was rushed to a hospital, where police questioned him. 'My wife has left me. I also lost my job. So I'm depressed. I haven't slept many nights', claimed Murtaza. Sharp weapons, pen drives, laptops, and plane tickets were seized from him. Police said another person might have accompanied Murtaza in the attack.