Bhopal encounter: Most bullet wounds on SIMI men found above waist, reveals post-mortem report

The report is yet to be made public, but police sources said there were multiple wounds on each body.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: November 4, 2016 12:44 pm
bhopal encounter, bhopal jailbreak, simi, simi activists, simi activists killed, bhopal encounter, simi activists killed, owaisi, congress, BJP, india news, Indian express Police personnel guarding outside Bhopal Central Jail after 8 SIMI members escaped on Monday in Bhopal. (PTI Photo)

The post-mortem report of the eight SIMI activists who were gunned down by Madhya Pradesh police in an encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal on Monday suggests that a majority of the bullet wounds were found above the waist. The report, however, does not specify whether the bullets were fired from a distance or close range.

Police received the preliminary autopsy report on Tuesday amid questions over the official version of the events leading to the encounter, particularly after a series of video clips purportedly showed policemen firing at bodies on the ground at the site of the killing.

WATCH VIDEO: Here’s What Police Were Heard Saying During SIMI Activists’ Encounter in Bhopal

The report is yet to be made public, but police sources said there were multiple wounds on each body. The report said that bullets were recovered from four bodies and were found to have passed through the other four.

When contacted, Dr Ashok Sharma, director and head of the state forensic department, said he would not comment on the report as he was “busy in a meeting”.

Dr D K Satpathy, former director of Medico Legal Institute, a government body that functions in the Government Medical College, Bhopal, told The Indian Express that recovery or non-recovery of bullets does not necessarily throw light on the distance from which they were fired.

“Bullets fired from a distance, too, can pass thorough the body if they don’t encounter bones,’’ he said.
The clothes worn by the activists have been sent for further forensic examination, said sources. One operative was shot in the head, while the entry points of some wounds suggest they were shot from behind, said sources.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitated the police officers involved in the “shootout and search operation”.
According to police, the eight SIMI activists escaped around 3 am on Monday from the Central Jail in Bhopal after killing a head constable by slitting his throat using spoons and steel plates, and tying up another guard before crossing a wall using a rope made of bedsheets.
Hours later, police said, all eight were killed in an encounter in a forested area over 15 km from the prison premises.

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  1. S
    Nov 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm
    Worth the risk, Mr. Suresh ! Have you ever lived in UP/Bihar ? Have you even suffered criminal regimes ?
    1. T
      Nov 2, 2016 at 4:34 pm
      A similar macre of brahmins will be reconciliation.
      1. M
        Nov 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm
        Wow by questioning these murderers who kiIIed a policeman you are adding Islamic color to terrorism. No wonder when facts show all terrorists are Muslims you jump and say Islam has nothing to do wit it. But you have no shame in ociating these terrorists who kiIIed a policeman as Muslims and calling them innocent. Now don\'t blame the w world when they see how Islam is religion of terrorists. How are they innocents? Just because they are Muslims and you are a Muslim or antiHindu? Aren't you a human first Muslim second and terrorist third?
        1. J
          John Joseph
          Nov 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm
          So called Suresh, these criminals kiIIed a policeman and ran. You cannot justify a murder of a policeman and call them innocent. We live ina society and policeman are here to protect us. If people kiII them and you want to protect them just because they are Muslim, then you are justifying that Islam is the religion of terrorists.
          1. M
            Nov 2, 2016 at 10:37 pm
            Good opportunity to make money by crooked/corrupt lawyers. There will be many Teestas rising up to he "cause"!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I.E. Also sensed the opportunity and started building up the case!!
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