The Muslim suspect who threatened to blow up the big Hanuman temple and Mankameshwar temple in Aliganj in Uttar Pradesh has been arrested on 4 August night. The suspect Shakeel is originally from Delhi. Police have recovered several suspicious books and papers from him.
ACP Aliganj Akhilesh Singh said that on 29 July, a letter was received through registered mail at the address of the new big Hanuman temple in Aliganj threatening to bomb several major temples and RSS offices in the city.
The temple management lodged a complaint with the joint commissioner of police Crime Nilibja Chaudhary in this regard, after which the ACP immediately handed over the investigation of the case to the crime branch and Aliganj police. Aliganj police arrested the suspect near Purnia bridge late on 4 August night. The accused Shakeel is originally from Delhi. Shakeel lives in a rented house in Aliganj.
According to information furnished by the inspector-in-charge Aliganj Panne Lal Yadav, Shakeel had sent the letter from Triveni Nagar’s sub-post office. The police team started scanning the footage CCTV in the vicinity. The cops launched a search for the accused on the basis of footage based on suspicious activity. They arrested Shakeel in the night of 4 August.
For the uninitiated, on 11 July, the ATS first had arrested two suspected terrorists Minhaj Ahmed and Maseeruddin alias Musheer, linked with al Qaeda’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, from Lucknow. Arms, explosive materials had been recovered from their possession. The two arrested men reportedly planned suicide bombings and other such terrorist attacks in the crowded areas of Lucknow and other cities in the state.
Last year, ahead of Independence Day, several journalists in Lucknow had received an audio message from numbers originating from Malaysia, Canada and different parts of the US. The message was about protests on Independence Day to raise voices against the construction of the Supreme Court-ordered Ram temple in Ayodhya. It demanded a separate nation, Urdustan, for Indian Muslims.