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Gorakhpur : Gorakhpur A local court on Monday extended the police remand of Gorakhnath temple attack accused Murtaza Abbasi till April 16. Abbasi was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate and the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad along with Shahpur Police urged the court to extend his term. Police Remand. His week-long remand ended on Monday.

 

The senior said, “ATS and Shahpur police jointly appealed for extension of police remand of Murtaza Abbasi. The ACJM court extended the remand for five days, stating that the investigation was necessary. The magistrate has extended the remand till April 16.” Advocate PK Dubey told reporters here.

On the evening of April 3, Abbasi, an IIT graduate, attacked two policemen at a gate of the famous Gorakhnath temple here with sharp weapons and tried to enter the campus before forcibly entering. The attack took place at the temple, which is under tight security as it is often visited by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is the chief seer.

Abbasi was arrested and sent to police custody for two weeks, police said and alleged that he tried to forcibly enter the temple while raising religious slogans. His father, Munir Abbasi, said Murtaza belonged to the 2015 batch of IIT-Mumbai and was a chemical engineer.

In a statement issued earlier, the UP Home Department had said, “The attack on police personnel at Gorakhnath temple is part of a deeper conspiracy and based on the available facts, it can be said that it was a terrorist incident.” Gorakhnath temple attack accused Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi appeared in the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) court in Gorakhpur on Monday. Earlier on April 6, Murtaza, an accused in the Gorakhnath temple attack, was shifted to the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) headquarters in Lucknow for further investigation.

The accused was also taken for medical examination before being taken to Lucknow and his laptop and mobile have also been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for examination. Notably, the father of the accused had said that his son is not mentally stable and has no plans to commit the crime. A man forcibly tried to enter the Gorakhnath temple complex and attacked the policemen on duty with a sharp weapon on April 3. Regarding Anti-Terrorism Squad investigation after the arrest of the accused (ATS).

PTI

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