Days after two men were caught on charges of carrying out the assassination attempt on Dasna Devi Temple priest Mahant Yati Narsinghanand, the Mussoorie police in Ghaziabad arrested the mastermind named Salimuddin on Friday (June 11).
Two men were caught for assassination attempt on Dasna Devi Temple priest Mahant Yati
As per reports, the two men were instigated to assassinate the Hindu priest by one Salimuddin, who is a resident of Vijaynagar, Sector -12 in Ghaziabad. The two accused were identified as Vipul and his brother-in-law Kashif. Vipul, who lived in Nagpur, was sent to the Dasna temple by Salimuddin to carry out the nefarious agenda. He was taught Urdu and educated in para-medical science by the mastermind. During the police investigation, it came to light that Vipul had married Kashif’s sister Ayesha one and half years ago.
Vipul accepted that he was radicalised and provoked by Salimuddin
Although Vipul accepted that he was radicalised and provoked by Salimuddin, he claimed that he went to the temple to have a debate with Mahant. The police had recovered surgical blades, religious books and equipment from the bags of the two accused. Based on preliminary investigation, the police concluded that the purpose of their visit to the Dasna temple was not limited to having a debate with Mahant Yati. During the probe, it was revealed that Vipul’s father-in-law (Kashif’s father) and Salimuddin were office bearers of a radical outfit. Kashif tried to mislead the authorities by naming all his Hindu friends and did not name any Muslim aide.
On May 17, Delhi Police uncovered an assassination plot against Dasna Devi Temple head priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati with the arrest of a 24-year-old Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorist Mohd. Dar alias Jehangir from Delhi’s Paharganj area. Besides one .30 bore pistol along with two magazine and 15 live rounds, the police recovered a Bhagwa Kurta, a Kelava, a Mala and a Chandan-Tika from the terrorist. Reports suggest that he wanted to kill the priest while posing as a Hindu.