SIMI activists’ jailbreak: Encounter, contradictions, politics and all that happened today

Questions are being raised over the killing of eight SIMI activists in an encounter by security forces on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central Jail killing a security guard.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 4:26 pm
bhopal encounter, bhopal jailbreak, simi, simi activists, simi activists killed, bhopal encounter, simi activists killed, owaisi, congress, BJP, Locals gather as police investigate the encounter site at the hillocks of Acharpura village after the STF killed 8 Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists who escaped Central Jail killing a security guard in Bhopal on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Questions are being raised over the killing of eight SIMI activists in an encounter by security forces on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central Jail killing a security guard. As the government congratulated security forces for their successful operation and ordered NIA probe into the jailbreak, videos purportedly from the encounter site surfaced showing a policeman pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife said to be in a plastic cover and places it back, raising doubts over the police theory which described the encounter as a raging gun battle, with the SIMI members instigating the gunfire.

WATCH VIDEO: Bhopal Jailbreak: 8 SIMI Activists Killed In Encounter

Opposition reaction

Alleging “discrepancies” in the official version on the escape of SIMI activists from Bhopal jail and their killing in a subsequent encounter with police, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded an inquiry by Supreme Court to bring out “all facts”.

“There is huge discrepancy in what the Home Minister and the police officials are saying. The Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh says that these undertrials were armed with spoons. If they were armed with spoons, the Madhya Pradesh ATS could have easily overpowered them, because ATS has all sophistacated weapons. They could have easily arrested them. But, people who have run away from prison after assassinating a guard and they only have spoons. So, to any normal person, this theory is unbelievable,” he said adding, “what’s surprising is that these under trial prisoners were wearing proper clothes, shoes,watches. These are not given to under trial.”

Holding that the statements of the IG and the Home Minister were contradictory, opposition Congress demanded a judicial probe into the encounter. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said, “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.”

Congress leader Digvijay Singh, a former chief minister of MP, smelt conspiracy and, in a series of tweets, asked whether the SIMI activist ”escaped” or they were ”made to escape”.

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Reacting to Singh’s statement, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy the former has lost his ‘mental balance’ after second marriage and hence it would be pointless to aggravate the issue by commenting on his ridiculous remark. “Digvijaya has made so many statements, which are wrong and ridiculous. He had also said something about Hemant Karkare (IPS officer) being killed by the RSS. After the second marriage, he seems to have lost his mental balance and, therefore, there is no point in further aggravating his mental tension by commenting on his remarks,” Swamy said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also demanded a Supreme Court-monitored investigation into the alleged encounter killing of eight SIMI activists in Bhopal. “This is very serious. We demand an SC monitored investigation,” he said on twitter.

How the encounter happened

The activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India had managed to escape around 2-3 AM after killing a jail security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets, according to police. Acting on the leads provided by locals, the cops tracked them down to Malikheda, where they were encircled and killed when they tried to challenge the police.

The activists were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid. Soon after the incident, the state government 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.

Past incidents

This is the second major jail-break by operatives of SIMI in three years after the sensational escape by seven members of the group from a jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.

The Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the state government on the jail-break and whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents. The central security agencies were particularly anxious as four of the seven SIMI activities, who escaped from a jail in Khandwa on October 1, 2013, could be arrested only after three years and during the period of their hiding, they were involved in multiple incidents of terror and a bank robbery.

While in hiding, the SIMI men were allegedly involved in terror activities in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. SIMI was banned by the government in 2001.

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First Published on: October 31, 2016 7:39 pm
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    Prashant
    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:21 am
    This govt gave a stern warning to all those "gaddars/गद्दार",,,,either be in Limits of society,,,or u will be terminated,,,,,
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      Ikok
      Oct 31, 2016 at 7:58 pm
      marwaney ka shok hai tou land jaeb me rakha ker
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        Ikok
        Oct 31, 2016 at 4:31 pm
        Declare all indian muslims as terrorist kill them all in fake encounters and make a pure hindu country.. INDIA RADICAL AND RACISTS
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          Ikok
          Oct 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm
          Living in Rapeistan ..the world now know India where rape is done in buses train taxis and footpaths.. please do the needful for hour jawans
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            IslamForFoools
            Oct 31, 2016 at 6:56 pm
            Alla k mu me bulla
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              IslamForFoools
              Oct 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm
              Media creating more Islamic terrorism, by creating doubts against encounter of Islamic terrorists, we must confront media
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                IslamForFoools
                Oct 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                Musselman SIMI terrorists are called as simi activists or simi operatives by terror sympathizer media. We must call Muslims terrorists a Muslim , Islamic terrorist without fear and yes terrorism has direct connection with kuran and Islam
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 7:11 pm
                  Your name is khan and most probably you are kuran terrorist
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                    IML sood
                    Oct 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                    Where contradictions? Why IE wants to put words in others mouth.Does this media doing any favour to the country by raising unnecessary doubts through their reporters by planting a particular types of strories.A simple police encounter with lawless elements who have killed a guard after jail break were eliminated is being given different colour by the media is shameless attempt to destabilise the peace in society.
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                      Dini.vino
                      Oct 31, 2016 at 8:06 pm
                      All thes encounter macres are carried out by DEABLE BRAHMIN DOGS OCCUPYING AND ORDERING NO-BRAHMINS TO KILL MUSLIMS, SO THEY ARE INFACT RELAXING WATCHING THE BUILDUP OF ENEMITY BETWEEN NIN-BRAHMINS AND MUSLIMS. ANNIHILATE ALL BRAHMIN DOGS!
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                        Dini.vino
                        Oct 31, 2016 at 3:51 pm
                        Modi is a known BUTCHER. It is because of that SCOUNDREL that these m murders, extra judicial murders, judiciary approved murders, encounter macres are happening.
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                          Dini.vino
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm
                          Peace!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Peace!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;For peace Annihilate all brahmins!
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                            Pat
                            Oct 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm
                            Tthe media is become another vice for India and Indians. Why are they playing politics like opposition. THese politicians want the terrorism to thrive in India so they can make money through criminal vote banks.what do you do when criminals exceed break jails kill security personnel,then now we hear ranting of other criminals like mayawati now isi owaisi congress scamsters hitting on tvs. arunima, jacob nitisha, ndtv all redundant blabbering against pro Indians. , who created ndtv who watches this channel, so anti India, ban it for good. it promotes the likes of shashi tharoors s congress sibals rahul pervert singhvi, alcoholic aiyars abdullahs etc.
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                              Pat
                              Oct 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm
                              What about the hindu guards killings, bread earner, did you do any justice to this soul. HIs daughter was to be married, his dreams? Are you journalists criminals or hail from families whose parents engaged in ill gotten wealth like politicians terrorists celebrities salman amir,srk,mahesh mukesh bhatt and child.
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                                prakash
                                Oct 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm
                                Digvijay Singh, Kejriwal and others are worrying about SIMI activists being killed, SIMI activists which are anti-India. Why do they not ask about the Jail security guard killed by these SIMI activists ? Is this just to get the muslim vote ? They do not deserve any Indian vote for their anti-India stand.
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                                  Rajoluramam
                                  Nov 1, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                  No sympathy for the zail guard who was killed by the militants. Opposition parties are showing lot of sympathy towards the culprits. This is the reason why we became cheap before stan and China.
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                                    Shailesh
                                    Oct 31, 2016 at 7:21 pm
                                    God forbid if one day u stand against any injustice., imagine police knock on your door and kills you. Next day story " a terrorist was killed by brave policeman". No one to question the lies. Would you want to leave in such a India.?
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                                      Shailesh
                                      Oct 31, 2016 at 3:49 pm
                                      This is nothing but cold blooded murder.
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                                        Soundar
                                        Oct 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                                        How the undertrials were wearing pants, shirts, shoes, watches? and how they got weapons?
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                                          SubbuI
                                          Oct 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                                          TODAY IN INDIA WE HAVE NALAYAK NMODI GUNDA RAJ.SO---------------------------------lt;br/gt;NO FIRlt;br/gt;NO INQUIRY lt;br/gt;NO CHARGE SHEETlt;br/gt;NO COURTlt;br/gt;NO APPEAL lt;br/gt;ONLY KALLAS
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                                            Alok Trips
                                            Oct 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm
                                            They were terrorists who would have planted a bomb under your mother and sisters so it's best to kill them.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Good work
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