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2002 Akshardham temple attack: Accused Mohammed Farooq Shaikh arrested from Ahmedabad airport by Crime Branch

Mohammed Farooq Shaikh was nabbed by the Crime Branch from Ahmedabad airport, soon after his arrival from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bhagrithsinh Gohil told PTI.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: November 26, 2018 19:20 IST ]

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Police on Monday arrested accused Mohammed Farooq Shaikh in connection with the 2002 Akshardham temple terror attack case.

Shaikh was nabbed by the Crime Branch from Ahmedabad airport, soon after his arrival from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bhagrithsinh Gohil told PTI.

It was on September 24, 2002 when two armed terrorists attacked the temple in Gandhinagar, killing 30 people and injuring eight. The attack followed the Godhra riots in the same year.

"Shaikh lived in Juhapura before he fled to Riyadh in 2002 after the temple attack," the police official said, adding Shaikh had arranged funds for the attack. ​

(With PTI inputs)

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