Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday slammed Yogi Adityanath for his handling of Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi, who attacked two security personnel at Gorakhpur’s Gorakhnath temple. Criticizing the BJP for giving “undue importance” to the incident, Akhilesh said the government should “consider that the accused’s father has said that his son was of ‘unsound’ mental health and ‘unstable’ mental condition “

Ahmed Murtaza, a 30-year-old IIT graduate, had tried to enter the Gorakhnath temple complex on Sunday and when security personnel tried to stop him, they attacked him with a sickle, injuring two constables of the Provincial Armed Constabulary.

Akhilesh said, “His father has said that he had some mental problems and has bipolar problems. I think that aspect will also be looked into.” “BJP believes in making a mountain of sesame seeds,” he said.

The case is currently being investigated by a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and Anti Terror Squad (ATS) of UP Police. Investigators suspect Abbasi was “self-radicalised”.


The Gorakhnath temple complex also houses the residence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is the chief priest of the temple. The CM was not inside at the time of the attack.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya hit out at Akhilesh, saying, “His party has always been associated with terrorists.”

“Akhilesh Yadav ji and Samajwadi Party have always been linked with terrorists. They withdrew the cases during the 2013 terror attacks…The attack on the Gorakhnath temple was not normal, it was very serious. I condemn their efforts to boost the morale of terrorists,” Maurya said.

“Akhilesh ji should not openly comment on an accused. He is a former CM. Our security personnel caught him risking his life after he was associated with terrorist organizations. His statement is cheap and condemnable. Samajwadi Party will become ‘Sampat’. ‘ party,” he said.