The Congress on Monday demanded a judicial probe into the escaping of eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists from Bhopal jail who were later killed in an encounter by security forces.
“SIMI activists have escaped from the jail which is a high security prison, and within few hours they have not only been traced but killed. Now they can’t be questioned, there is no evidence, their statements cannot be recorded. I am demanding a judicial probe because even the government must know under what circumstances they escaped,” said Congress leader Kamal Nath.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh too suspected a conspiracy behind the whole incident and demanding a thorough probe. The former chief minister, in a series of tweets, asked if the prisoners escaped or they were made to escape.
According to police, the activists of the banned SIMI had managed to escape around 2 to 3 AM after killing a jail security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets.
The activists were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said.
Soon after the incident, the state government on Monday released their sketches and suspended four officials including Jail Superintendent Akhilesh Tomar. It had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on the heads of the activists.
They were later killed by Bhopal Police at Malikheda on the city outskirts.