Bhopal jailbreak: Police reject criticism of fake encounter of SIMI activists

"There was heavy firing from the other side (activists) and they were killed in retaliatory fire. Three policemen received injuries from sharp weapons," IG Yogesh Chaudhary told a media briefing.

By: PTI | Bhopal | Updated: October 31, 2016 8:40 pm
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Police on Monday dismissed criticism over the encounter killing of eight SIMI activists near Bhopal, saying there was heavy exchange of fire in which they were felled after which four countrymade guns and some sharp-edged weapons were recovered from them. “There was heavy firing from the other side (activists) and they were killed in retaliatory fire. Three policemen received injuries from sharp weapons. Police opened 45-46 rounds of fire,” IG Yogesh Chaudhary told a media briefing after questions were raised over the genuineness of the encounter.


On being asked about reports that the terrorists did not carry any weapons, the IG said, “It is a matter of investigation.” The IG also dismissed the doubts raised over the encounter after a video purportedly showing a policeman pumping bullets into a man from close range, saying, “will have to look at veracity of (unverified) video. We will take all matters in consideration as probe progress.”

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He told media that four firearms and three sharp weapons were recovered from the SIMI terrorists who were killed in the encounter. He also said that those who were killed have been continuously perpetrating serious offences and had also killed a police constable in 2008, 2011.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the jail-break even as contradictions surfaced on the encounter. Meanwhile, the jail superintendent and three other officials have been suspended by the Madhya Pradesh government.

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At a brief media interaction, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the jail-break would be probed by the NIA but parried a question on the encounter. He said the state government will also carry out a separate investigation into the matter.

Soon after the incident, the state government released the sketches of the eight activists and suspended four officials including Jail Superintendent Akhilesh Tomar. The government also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on the heads of the activists.

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  1. D
    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:14 pm
    Chaudary is a Brahmin dog. Brahmins are masterminding these m murders. ANNIHILATE all Brahmins.
    1. A
      Oct 31, 2016 at 3:14 pm
      It is very simple ABC. If we don't kill these traitors, then they would kill us. The Police and armed forces are doing an excellent job. No mercy on these traitors. Infact, don't you think that they are doing what as oridinary citizens wanted to do!
      1. A
        Oct 31, 2016 at 4:39 pm
        I wish and hope some day, you will face the terrorist. Then we will see, what will be your statement.
        1. R
          Oct 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm
          Just wait for them to investigate, don't burn the country with pointless religious/sectarian conspiracies.
          1. C
            Cow ka
            Nov 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm
            Reports say they were almost all set to be released by the honorable court in a few days. Why would they try to escape if this is true? More to come in the days to follow. Looks like Shivraj doesn't want to be left behind in the public attention modi and amit shah are getting and is following suite.
            1. D
              Oct 31, 2016 at 7:02 pm
              Even if they didn't have weapons, the police is within their rights to use force during a jailbreak attempt.
              1. K
                Nov 1, 2016 at 5:30 am
                1. M
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 9:08 pm
                  We can only speculate at the moment. What would a violent gang of prisoners want as soon as they escape from prison? 1) To contact their "support team", who know already when the escape was being planned 2) To obtain weapons and change of clothing, so that the gang can get away, even if stopped by one or two policemen 3) To get mobile phones to keep in touch with each other and finally 4) To travel to their safe houses with enough monies to pay for the tickets and meals. My guess is the eight were there in that Maidan waiting for their mobile phones, when the villagers informed the Police.
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