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Akshardham temple terror-attack case: Key accused arrested after 15 years
04 Nov 2017
Fifteen years after the deadly terror strike on the Akshardham Temple in Gujarat's Gandhinagar in September 2002, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch Police arrested Ajmeri Abdul Rashid, a key accused in the case.
Abdul Rashid, who had been in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh, arrived in Ahmedabad, earlier in the day today.
The cops arrested him from Ahmedabad's airport almost immediately after his arrival.
Abdul Rashid's brother was involved, too
Abdul Rashid is among the accused who left for Saudi Arabia after the Akshardham attack. He allegedly played a major role in the attack conspiracy.
His brother, Ajmeri Adam, was one of six persons charged by Gujarat Police for planning and executing the attack.
A lower court convicted Adam, but the Supreme Court acquitted all the six accused in 2014.
About the Akshardham Temple attack
On 24 Sep'02, two armed terrorists entered the Akshardham Temple in Gujarat's capital and attacked the devotees using automatic weapons and hand grenades.
About 30 people were killed, and 80 were injured in the terror attack.
The attack ended after the National Security Guards (NSG) intervened and killed both the attackers.
Two commandos and two state police officers also died in the attack.