2002 Attack on Akshardham Temple – 34 Hindus Killed, 80 Injured

Perpetrator: Muslim Extremists

Year: 2002

Number: 34 Hindus killed, 80 injured

On 24 September, 2002, two armed Jihadi terrorists attacked the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, killing 34 Hindus and injuring another 80. They used hand grenades and automatic weapons.

National Security Guards gunned down the Jihadis the same night.

On 25 September 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

It was evident that the attack was to avenge the Godhara riots of Gujarat which saw many Muslim casualties.

In May 2014, Supreme Court acquitted all 6 accused – Adam Ajmeri, Shan Miya alias Chand Khan, Mufti Abdul Qyyum Mansuri, Mohammed Salim Shaikh, Abdulmiyan Qadri, Altaf Hussain, including those awarded death penalty, for lack of evidence; the prosecution failed to establish the guilt of the accused.

Mohammed Farooq Shaikh, the Jihadi terrorist who raised funds for the attack was arrested in Delhi airport on 26 Nov, 2018

References:

Jihadi Terrorist connected with 2002 Gandhinagar Akshardham temple attack arrested

Man who raised funds for Akshardham Temple Terror Attack arrested | Ahmedabad Mirror

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