Not ruling out terror angle, UP govt hands over Gorakhnath temple probe to Anti-Terrorism Squad

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Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh government on Monday has transferred the case to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) where a man allegedly entered the Gorakhnath Temple forcibly and assaulted the police personnel on April 3. A police official informed that the investigation has begun saying ‘not ruling out the terror angle to the incident’.

Prashant Kumar, Additional director general (ADG), Law and Order said, “A man forcibly tried to enter the temple premises and attacked the on-duty police personnel with a sharp weapon.”

He further stated, “The case has been transferred to ATS as we cannot rule out the terror angle in the incident and a detailed investigation has been initiated.”

Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, a resident of Gorakhpur, allegedly forced his way inside the temple premises chanting religious slogans loudly. 

Vipin Tada, SSP Gorakhpur, said, “The accused tried to forcibly enter the Gorakhnath Temple while raising religious slogans but he was stopped by the police.”

“Two police personnel have been injured in the incident and treatment is being provided to them,” Tada added.

The SSP further added, “Cases have been registered against the accused under Section 301 (Attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal code, Section 7 (Molesting a person to prejudice of employment or business) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1932 among others.”

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the government has taken congnisance of the incident that took place on Sunday. 

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:April 4, 2022, 1:55 p.m.

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