Ayodhya: 21-year-old ‘Dawood aide’ arrested for threatening to blow up Ram temple

Security heightened in the region

Ayodhya ram temple consecration View of the Ram Temple ahead of its consecration ceremony, in Ayodhya | PTI

A day before the ‘Pran Pratishta’ in Ayodhya Ram temple, Bihar police has arrested a 21-year-old man over threatening to blow up the temple during the ceremony. The accused pretended to be a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim.

According to a senior police official, Intekhab Alam, the accused, called up the police station and threatened. Alam was arrested from his home at Balua Kaliyaganj in Palasi police station area late on Saturday, Superintendent of Police of Araria, Ashok Kumar Singh, said.

"The man had on January 19 dialled 112, the number on which citizens can seek emergency help. He claimed his name was Chhota Shakeel and that he was a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim,” Singh told PTI.

Though Alam has no criminal record, he seems to be mentally unstable, said an official.

His phone was seized by the police and a case has been registered at Palasi police station.

Swift action was taken as soon as the call was received at the police station. The details were immediately shared to the cyber cell and they tracked the mobile number, said the official.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (UPATS) had arrested three men in Ayodhya for alleged links to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun's Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) outfit.

According to the police, the three arrested were visiting various sensitive locations and look suspicious. They were taken into custody and during interrogation they claimed that they were members of SFJ. Authorities has launched an investigation into the matter.

The UPATS has heightened its surveillance and security control in the region.

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