Lucknow: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh has registered a case under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, who attacked security personnel at the Gorakhnath temple earlier this month. organization.
A case has been registered against him under sections 16,18 20 and 40 of UAPA. These include punishment for a terroristic act (Section 16), punishment for conspiracy (Section 18), member of a terrorist gang (Section 20) and raising funds for a terrorist organization (Section 40). Additionally, the case has been transferred to the special court of ATS/National Investigation Agency in Lucknow, while his custody has been extended for 14 more days.
UP ATS told a Gorakhpur court that Abbasi was collecting donations for terrorist organizations. On April 3, Abbasi, a mechanical engineer from IIT Mumbai, tried to forcefully enter the Gorakhnath temple. When stopped, he injured two PAC jawans with sharp weapons. According to the ATS investigation so far, Abbasi was allegedly learning online jihad lessons from ISIS terrorists. His father Mohammad Munir has been a legal advisor in many finance companies. His uncle is a well-known doctor in Gorakhpur.
At present, UP ATS had received information about several bank accounts linked to Abbasi. The Home Department of the Uttar Pradesh government said in a statement that the Gorakhnath temple incident was part of a “serious conspiracy”. “The attacker was trying to commit a terrorist act by entering the temple premises, which was foiled by the brave PAC and police personnel,” the statement said.