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Pak national arrested from international border in Rajasthan, had plans to attack Nupur Sharma

Nupur Sharma Prophet row: Pakistani national identified as Rizwan Akhtar was nabbed by BSF troops at around 11 pm on July 16 from near the border fence in the Sriganganagar sector, officials said.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari New Delhi Published on: July 19, 2022 17:30 IST
Pakistan national apprehended by BSF.
Image Source : INDIA TV Pakistan national apprehended by BSF.

Highlights

  • The apprehended Pak national has been identified as Rizwan Akhtar
  • Rizwan Akhtar during interrogation said that he had plans to attack Nupur Sharma
  • Rizwan also had plans to visit Ajmer Sharif dargah

Nupur Sharma Prophet row: A 24-year-old Pakistani national was apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) last week who infiltrated to India via international border in Rajasthan and had intentions to attack suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

The person who has been identified as Rizwan Akhtar was nabbed by BSF troops at around 11 pm on July 16 from near the border fence in the Sriganganagar sector, officials said. The accused is a resident of Pakistan's Punjab province.

Two knives, some literature, a comb, hair oil and some other items were recovered from him.

The man, during initial interrogation, told officials that he came to the border as he wanted to visit Ajmer Sharif dargah but later told them that he also wanted to harm former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remarks against Prophet, Mohammad, officials claimed.

The man is currently being interrogated by a joint interrogation committee (JIC) comprising BSF, state police and intelligence agencies officials, a senior officer said.

The Pakistani was produced by the police before a local court and he was sent to custody till July 24.

(With inputs from PTI)

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