The security of three Allahabad High Court judges who delivered the judgment on title suits related to disputed premises of Ram Janmabhumi – Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in 2010,has been stepped up following escape of six suspected Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives from Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
One of the judges is retired while two are sitting judges at Allahabad and Lucknow.
Three among the escaped SIMI men – Shaikh Mujeeb of Surat in Gujarat,Aslam of Khandwa,Madhya Pradesh and Abu Faizal of Mumbai – had confessed after their arrest in June last year that they had planned attack on three judges who gave the judgment in Ram Janmbhumi case and had recced Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.
ADG Security O P Singh said that the government had directed him to review the security arrangement of the three judges following the threat perception after escape of the SIMI men from Madhya Pradesh jail. He also said that the judges had already been provided Z category security,but the security is being enhanced following the threat perception.
Singh added that he has sent letters to SSPs of Lucknow,Allahabad and Noida asking them to assess the threat to the judges and send a report in this connection.