Ayodhya judges, lawyers were target of IM, SIMI suspects: ATS
Bhopal: Judges of the Lucknow bench of
Allahabad High Court who pronounced the verdict in the Ayodhya
title suit and some lawyers concerned were the target of eight
SIMI and Indian Mujahideen activists recently arrested in
Madhya Pradesh, a senior ATS official said today.
"The arrested SIMI and IM activists had conducted a
recce of the high court building in Lucknow and that of the
judges and advocates -- specially those representing Hindus
and associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title
dispute cases," said ATS Inspector General Vipin Maheshwari.
The accused revealed in the interrogation that they
were planning to attack the judges and the lawyers, and for
this purpose they had rented a room at Lucknow, he told
Two of them, Mujeeb and Aslam, were camping at
Lucknow, while Abu Faizal too frequented this place, he said.
The ATS had recovered photographs of the judges who
pronounced the Ayodhya verdict, and of the lawyers concerned,
from the accused.
Besides Lucknow, the activists also rented rooms at
Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Lucknow in
Uttar Pradesh, Amravati, Akola and Bhusaval in Maharashtra and
Tata Nagar in Jharkhand, to plot attacks, he said.
The accused also told the ATS that they were planning
to kill a fellow member at Jabalpur, who was suspected to be a
Delhi-based Diamond Comics` owner too was on the hit
list, for publishing an objectionable cartoon of Prophet
Mohammad, according to ATS.
The arrested men were also involved in the recent
attack on VHP leader Bherulal Tank at Nagda town in Ujjain
district, Maheshwari said.
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