'Was angry with CAA, NRC, atrocities on Muslims': Gorakhnath temple attacker confesses


In his confession, Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, the attacker of the Gorakhnath temple, confessed numerous secrets. According to the Uttar Pradesh Police Department, Abbasi claimed that his animosity stemmed from injustices committed against Muslims. He also claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was unconstitutional.

According to the confession, he went to the Gorakhnath temple since the police were often stationed there and he wanted to flee after attacking them. “Before committing the crime, I considered the deed from various perspectives,” he claimed.

“CAA and NRC were being used against Muslims by the government. In Karnataka, too, Muslims were treated unfairly. Nobody was doing anything about it. Someone should have intervened. In my mind, this is how I justified my actions.”

“I was depressed and couldn’t sleep,” he explained. According to police, Abbasi’s confession indicated that he had become radicalised to the point that he was willing to die for performing such acts.

On April 3, Abbasi, an IIT graduate, attacked members of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary stationed at Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. During the attack, two constables were hurt. The Mahant of the Gorakhnath temple is Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister.

Prior to storming the temple in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Abbasi was under police surveillance. He had moved money from a Nepalese bank account to Syria, according to the report. The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) was keeping an eye on him. On April 2, the ATS crew visited him at his home. According to the investigation, he left the house shortly after the ATS team left and carried out the attack the following day.

A joint team of the UP Police Special Task Force (STF) and the ATS is investigating the temple attack case. On Wednesday, he was taken to the ATS headquarters in Lucknow for questioning, according to news agency PTI. For the next seven days, Abbasi will be held in police custody. Before being transported to Lucknow, the accused was examined for a medical check.

His laptop and cellphone were also sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for digital evidence collection. According to senior police officials, Abbasi’s laptop contained hate speeches delivered by Muslim radicals.


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