Ayodhya verdict: Terrorists targeted judges, Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Sept 15: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday, Sept 15 shocked the nation by revealing that a deadly conspiracy by SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) to assassinate the three judges who had delivered the Ayodhya verdict was thwarted.

"A 10-member SIMI gang was busted in 2011 in June in Madhya Pradesh. They were planning to assassinate three judges," said Chidambaram. He said that since the Mumbai attacks of 2008, more than 50 terror modules had been neutralised including a SIMI plot in Madhya Pradesh in June 2011, to kill the three judges who had delivered the Ayodhya verdict.

Stating that India has the capacity to deal with multiple threats, he said that terrorism is the most formidable challenge that the country is facing. "There are Indian modules that seem to attract radical groups," he said. Chidambaram once again stated that the Af-Pak region is the epicentre of terror.

"There are four or five groups based in Pakistan, three continue to target India," said Chidambaram.

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