One of the prime accused in the 2002 Akshardham Temple attack in Gujarat was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag
Anantnag: Mohammad Yasin Bhat, an alleged prime conspirator of the 2002 Akshardham Temple attack was arrested by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday (July 26), an official said.
Thirty-three persons, including a National Security Guard (NSG) commando, died when two terrorists opened fire inside the Akshardham Temple complex in Gujarat's Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002.
The two terrorists were gunned down by NSG commandos.
Officials stated that Yasin Bhat, an alleged operative of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, had fled to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) after the attack.
He was nabbed following a tip-off that he had returned to Jammu and Kashmir and was working at a timber warehouse in Anantnag, the Gujarat Home Department said in a press release.
The arrest was made with the help of local police, it added.
After obtaining his transit remand from a court there, the ATS team arrived with Bhat at the Ahmedabad airport on Friday evening, the release added.
As per the ATS, Bhat played a key role in hatching the conspiracy to attack the temple, and also supplied arms and ammunition, including AK-47 assault rifles, to other accused who had come to Ahmedabad by train from Uttar Pradesh.
The Supreme Court, in May 2014, acquitted six persons arrested earlier in the case, including three who were facing death sentence.
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