Gorakhnath Temple Attack: Accused Murtaza Abbasi ‘Lone Wolf’, Took ISIS Oath in 2020, Say UP Police
urtaza Abbasi, arrested in connection with the attack on security personnel at Gorakhnath temple, took the ISIS oath two years ago and provided financial aid to its supporters in European countries as well as the United States. Uttar Pradesh Police said the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) interrogated Abbasi on his connection with the militant group and its activists.
“Murtaza, accused of attacking the policemen deployed in the security of Shri Gorakshanath temple, was interrogated by UP ATS in connection with activists of the terrorist organization ISIS, taking the ISIS oath and providing financial assistance to ISIS supporters,” additional director general of police (law and order) Prashant Kumar said during a press interaction on Saturday.
Kumar said Abbasi’s attack on Gorakhnath temple, where UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath is mahant (or chief priest), was spurred by the terrorist ideology of the ISIS. He tried executing a lone wolf attack influenced by jihadi literature that promoted such ideology, Kumar added.