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Gorakhnath temple attacker was ‘sworn in’ by Isis in 2020

Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi had attacked Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel stationed at the Gorakhnath temple a week ago

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Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi, arrested in connection with the attack on security personnel stationed at the Gorakhnath temple of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, has divulged his connection with the terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis). According to the Uttar Pradesh Additional director general of police (Law and Order), the Isis operative had taken the oath of fighting for the outfit and was providing financial assistance to supporters of the terrorist organisation.

Murtaza had taken an oath to fight for the terrorist organisation in 2020, Uttar Pradesh Police said. He was also in touch with Isis terrorist and propagandist Mehndi Masood through social media platforms. Bengaluru Police had arrested Masood in 2014.

Through social media, Abbasi was constantly in touch with the terrorists and sympathisers of ISIS abroad, Uttar Pradesh Police said. During interrogation, he explained how he turned into a terrorist, saying that he used to read articles on the internet about many weapons including AK-47 and 5-4 carbine. He said he practised at home with an air rifle — in the hope of carrying out an attack if he could get his hands on the weapon.

Gorakhnath temple attack

Abbasi had attacked the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel stationed at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur last Sunday deep in the night. He is a chemical engineer trained in IIT-Bombay — the piece of information that made the nation wonder whether the Muslim mindset can be fixed with quality education.

In a video that is being widely shared, Abbasi can be seen chasing policemen with a sickle while the cops and passers-by hurl bricks at him to defend themselves.

Two constables were injured in the incident.

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