Ayodhya judges, lawyers were target of IM, SIMI suspects: ATS
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 00:26
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 reporters.

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 police mole.

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.


First Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 00:26

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