Ajmeri Abdul Rashid, the prime accused in the Akshardham temple terror attack case was arrested by Ahmedabad crime branch on Saturday. As per reports, Ajmeri Abdul Rashid was in Riyadh for a long time and came to Ahmedabad on Saturday and was arrested by Ahmedabad crime branch. Two armed attackers attacked Akshardham Temple complex at Gandhinagar, Gujarat on September 24, 2002. PM Narendra Modi was then Chief Minister of Gujarat. More than 30 people died in the attack and 80 received severe injuries.
India’s ace commando force, National Security Guard (NSG) stormed the premises of the temple and gunned down the two terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist outfits. After the attack, Gujarat police arrested six people responsible for the attack. In 2016, POTA court awarded death sentence to Adam Ajmeri, brother of Ajmeri Abdul Rashid. Two others were also given death sentence and one life imprisonment by the POTA court. Later the Suprme Court acquitted all the six in 2014. Supreme Court also lashed out at the investigation agency for botching up the investigation.
While the trial was going on in the apex court the prosecution had claimed that accused had links with banned terrorist organizations. The Supreme Court bench that acquitted the six accused comprised of Justices A K Patnaik and Venkata Gopala Gowda.
During the National Security Guard (NSG) operation three security forces official were also martyred. As per reports, 28 accused, allegedly from Pakistan and Gulf countries, are still absconding.
On September 25, 2002, Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that the attack on the Akshardham Temple Complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat was a well thought out conspiracy and that the federal government will launch a thorough investigation and get to the bottom of it.