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Gorakhpur Temple Attack: Police Sources Say Attacker Was Radicalized By Extremists Speeches

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to hand over the probe to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Gorakhpur Temple Attack: UP Police Sources Say Attacker Was Radicalized By Extremists Speeches
A video grab of the incident in Gorakhpur. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: An IIT graduate attacked two policemen with a sharp-edged weapon at a gate of the famed Gorakhnath temple and tried to barge into premises before being overpowered, Uttar Pradesh officials said Monday terming it a “terror incident”.

According to UP Police, the accused has been identified as Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, a resident of Gorakhpur. Police sources have claimed that Murtuza was radicalized by watching extremist videos on the internet.

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to hand over the probe to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

In a statement, the UP Home Department said, “The attack on police jawans at Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur is a part of deep conspiracy, and based on the available facts, it can be said that it was a terror incident.”

ADG, Gorakhpur zone, Akhil Kumar said Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) constables Gopal Gaur and Anil Paswan were injured as they tried to stop the accused who went to a PAC post near gate no 1 and attacked the security personnel.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday met the two police personnel who were injured in the Gorakhnath temple attack at BRD Medical College.

The father of the Goraknath Temple attack accused on Monday said his son is mentally not stable and had no planning to commit the offence.

“He is not mentally stable. Since childhood, he is suffering from depression. He also received medical treatment. Due to some developments, he believed that police were after him. He had no planning and did this due to his current mental state,” Munir Ahmed Abbasi, the father of the accused told ANI.

The accused, identified as Murtaza Abbasi, was arrested and has been sent to judicial remand for two weeks, police said and alleged that he tried to forcibly enter the temple, which was teeming with devotees during the Navratri festival, after raising the religious slogan of “Allahu Akbar”.

Videos shared on social media showed the man brandishing a large sickle and roaming around on the premises, as some took cover while others threw stones at him.

Soon a group a devotees along with security personnel surrounded him and pinned him to the ground.

Murtaza was earlier taken to hospital and produced in a local court on Monday. His father Munir Abbasi said Murtaza belonged to the 2015 batch of IIT-Mumbai and was a chemical engineer.

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