Gorakhnath Temple Attack : UP ATS In Mumbai To Probe ; Police Personnel To Get Rs 5 Lakh For Foiling Terror Bid , Announces CM Yogi

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A team from the ATS UP has reached Mumbai to investigate the Gorakhnath Temple attack case. Yesterday, the team visited Navi Mumbai where the accused Murtaza Abbasi used to live earlier with his family. Abbasi did not meet his family members for the last 3 years.

Abbasi, an IIT graduate attacked two policemen with a sharp-edged weapon at a gate of the famed Gorakhnath temple and tried to barge into premises before being overpowered, Uttar Pradesh officials said Monday terming it a ‘terror incident’.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier announced that three police personnel, including two PAC and one local police constable, who stopped a youth from entering Gorakhnath temple and attacking security officials deployed there, will be given Rs 5 lakh each for their prompt action and foiling the alleged terror bid.

CM Yogi Adityanath has also handed over the investigation in the case to Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the state Special Task Force (STF).

The attack occurred on Sunday evening at the temple which is under high security as it is frequently visited by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is the head seer.

The accused, identified as Murtaza Abbasi, was arrested and has been sent to judicial remand for two weeks, police said and alleged that he tried to forcibly enter the temple, which was teeming with devotees during the Navratri festival, after raising the religious slogan of ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Videos shared on social media showed the man brandishing a large sickle and roaming around on the premises, as some took cover while others threw stones at him.

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