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Gorakhnath temple attack could be a part of terror plot, says UP Police

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Gorakhpur: A day after police personnel, posted at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, was attacked by a 29-year-old man, the UP police said that the attack can be part of a “serious conspiracy” and “could be called a terror incident”, even though the attacker’s family said he had been undergoing treatment for depression since 2017.

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Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, who is an IIT Bombay graduate and hails from the city of Gorakhpur, attacked a PAC personnel who was posted at the Gorakhnath temple in UP with a sharp-edged object, the police had said.

The police had also said that Abbasi had attacked the police personnel while raising religious slogans loudly and trying to enter the premises of the temple forcibly. Two PAC personnel, Gopal Gaur and Anil Paswan were seriously injured in the incident and were rushed to the hospital.

Abbasi was also injured during the altercation after his attack was foiled by civil police constable Anurag Rajput who subdued the man and arrested him, according to the FIR. A report has been filed against Abbasi against several sections of the IPC, including an attempt to murder, creating enmity between two groups, and the Arms Act.

According to media reports, the Uttar Pradesh police have said that the attack at the Gorakhnath Temple was part of a terror plot. As per The Indian Express, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar has stated that the incident is “part of a serious conspiracy and on the basis of collected evidence, could be called a terror incident.”

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the head priest of the Gorakhnath Temple but was not present on the premises when the incident took place. Kumar also said that there was no “breach of security” at the temple.

The investigation has now been transferred to the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) which will be running the probe surrounding the incident. Further details regarding the incident are still awaited, and the investigation is underway.

Muneer Ahmed, who is the father of Abbasi, had said after the incident that his son has not been keeping well for a few years and has been “undergoing treatment” for depression. Ahmed said that Abbasi had been “wanting to commit suicide” which is why he went to a high-security area.

Around 8 pm on Sunday, the accused Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, an IIT-Bombay graduate who hails from Gorakhpur, attacked PAC personnel posted at the temple with a “sharp-edged weapon” while raising religious slogans and trying to forcibly enter the premises, police said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the head priest of the temple but police said he was not present on the premises when the incident occurred. On Monday evening, Adityanath visited the temple and the spot where the incident took place, and met the injured personnel in hospital.

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