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Was Gorakhnath Temple attack accused, who was inspired by ISIS, planning something bigger?

The Anti Terrorist Squad of Uttar Pradesh police had found that the accused had been in contact with Mehnhi Masood, a terrorist and propaganda activist with ties to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Ruchi Kumar Reported by: Ruchi Kumar Gorakhpur Updated on: April 30, 2022 19:38 IST
It was also revealed that he had been in contact with the
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It was also revealed that he had been in contact with the ISIS leaders and sympathizers on social media.

Highlights

  • Abbasi had revealed that he had planned a lone wolf style attack on Gorakhnath temple
  • He also revealed that he had been in contact with the ISIS leaders and sympathizers on social media.
  • His social media accounts revealed that he had sent eight lakh rupees to ISIS

Gorakhnath Temple Attack: During the interrogation of Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi, the prime accused in Gorakhnath Temple attack, on Saturday it was  revealed that he had planned a lone wolf style incident. He also revealed that he had been in contact with the ISIS leaders and sympathizers on social media. Acording to UP Additional director general police (Law and Order), Abbasi had taken an oath of fighting for the terror outfit. 

The Anti Terrorist Squad of Uttar Pradesh police had found that the accused had earlier been in contact with Mehnhi Masood, a terrorist and propaganda activist with ties to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Abbasi was in constant touch with the Masood through Facebook. Further investigation of his accounts Gmail, Twitter, and e-wallet accounts have revealed that the Abbasi had sent a sum of eight lakh rupees to the ISIS. 

Meanwhile, an earlier investigation had revealed that Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, the accused in the Gorakhpur temple attack was an IIT- Bombay graduate. ATS officers said that the chemical engineer from IIT Bombay had left his job in a multinational company. Evidence that was collected at his apartment showed that he often consumed radicalized content, and had high aspirations of joining ISIS. His family claims that he is mentally ill. 

According to police, the accused tried to forcibly enter the temple premises after raising the religious slogan of Allahu Akbar. 

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