Ahmedabad: The accused in the 2002 Akshardham temple attack in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar that claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured over 80 has been arrested in Ahmedabad on Monday. Mohammed Farooq Shaikh was arrested after he arrived on a flight from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Bhagrithsinh Gohil said that the police said that Shaikh was taken into custody and was living in Gujarat’s Juhapura before fleeing off to Riyadh after the attack. According to the police, Shaikh had arranged funds for the attack.
At least two terrorists, who were linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002. The attackers were killed by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos after a two-day operation.
The main suspect in the attack Abdul Rashid Ajmeri was arrested last year at the Ahmedabad airport after arriving from Riyadh. He had allegedly planned the terror attack and helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying it out.
The Supreme Court, in May 2014, had acquitted all six convicts arrested earlier, including three facing a death sentence, in the case.