ATS: Ram temple lawyer, judges on SIMI hit list
Arrested SIMI and Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives have told the MP police they had on their hit list a category of people, including some Allahabad high court judges, who gave the verdict in the Babri Masjid case on September 30 last year.bhopal Updated: Jun 08, 2011 23:42 IST
Arrested SIMI and Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives have told the MP police they had on their hit list a category of people, including some Allahabad high court judges, who gave the verdict in the Babri Masjid case on September 30 last year.
Inspector general (anti-terrorism squad) Vipin Maheshwari told HT some others they targeted included a lawyer who fought on behalf of the Ramjanambhoomi side in the case and those who published material allegedly offensive to Islamic beliefs in a publication.
The Madhya Pradesh ATS had on Sunday arrested eight SIMI/IM operatives from Jabalpur and Bhopal in an operation called “Operation Vijay”.
Those arrested from Jabalpur were identified as Shaikh Mujeeb (Gujarat), Aslam (Khandwa), Habeeb (Ujjain,) and Sajid (Ujjain) while Abu Faizal (Mumbai), Ikrar (Ujjain), Mehboob (Khandwa) and Ezazuddin (Kareli) were held in Bhopal, Maheshwari said.
Mumbai-based Abu Faisal, a doctor who was leading the module, had assigned Shaikh Mujeeb and Aslam to conduct the recce of the place where the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court is housed and track the movements of the judges and the lawyer.
Dr Faisal had ‘sanctioned’ R1 lakh for the purpose.
“We have confiscated photographs of lawyers and some other people relevant to the Ramjanambhoomi case from the accused. A team has been dispatched to Lucknow to locate the room they had stayed in,” Maheshwari said.
During interrogation, the operatives had allegedly confessed to their involvement in the 2009 killing of three persons including an ATS constable Sitaram Yadav at Khandwa. They had also accepted they were involved in five bank robberies in the state.
The accused had taken on rent around 12 houses in cities including Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Lucknow.