8 SIMI activists, who escaped from Bhopal jail, killed in encounter

The SIMI activists killed a head constable and fled by scaling the high wall using a rope made from bed sheets.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 31, 2016 2:23 pm
simi-main1 The SIMI activists were killed in an encounter with the state police. (Source: ANI)

Eight members of the Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday morning, were killed in an encounter in Eintkhedi village.  “We located the 8 inmates, they fired on us, and all of them were killed in cross firing,” said Yogesh Chaudhary, IG Bhopal.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated the forces on successfully tracking down the escaped convicts. “Want to congratulate our forces, but we are looking at this very seriously. Prisoners escaping is a serious matter,” Chouhan said. He also briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the incident and requested him to hand over the investigation into the jailbreak to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“This is a serious matter therefore investigation will take place, further action will be taken based on the findings. I spoke to HM Rajnath Singh, I spoke about how NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter. HM agreed,” Chouhan said.

The activists killed a head constable and fled by scaling the high wall using a rope made from bed sheets. They tied one constable and slit the throat of head constable Ramashankar before escaping from B block of the jail, located on the outskirts of Bhopal. 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.

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Chouhan had earlier convened a high-level meeting to discuss the jailbreak. Five jail officials have been suspended for lapses in security, including DIG Jail and ADG Jail. Security at the jail was discussed at the recent conference of IGs and SPs addressed by the chief minister in Bhopal.

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Bhopal Central Jail Director General (DG) Sanjay Choudhary said security has been increased following the incident. “Additional Director General has been directed to probe security lapses. Security increased for other prisoners now,” said Chaudhary.

Most SIMI activists facing trials in the state were shifted to the Bhopal central jail, considered the most secure jail in Madhya Pradesh. The incident comes three years after a jailbreak in Khandwa when seven members of the banned organisation had escaped. Five of them were arrested again and two were killed in an encounter with the Telangana Police last year.

SIMI is a banned Islamist fundamentalist organisation that was formed in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, in April 1977.

With ANI and ENS inputs.

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    ashwini kumar
    Oct 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    After A long time, I heard a great News from MP. and I can't understand why the indian govt. or state govt. nourish these terrorists. Kill them at Spot where they caught.
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      ashwini kumar
      Oct 31, 2016 at 1:30 pm
      I can't understand the People mentality. If a normal person is killed by terrorist or a criminal then they keep silent but when A terrorist or criminal is killed then those people are crying everywhere like their brother is killed.
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        Ikok
        Oct 31, 2016 at 10:06 am
        Cold blood killing .. no one captured alive or injured and Big question ? Are all jail brokers labeled as terrorist in India or only Muslim are led for it
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          Ashu
          Oct 31, 2016 at 11:30 am
          And there must be a very big need for virgins 72 *8 in one day and don't know how many they must be needing in border:)
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            Ashu
            Oct 31, 2016 at 11:22 am
            And yes recently 18 of them got their pay check in orissa and I can see majority surrendering
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              Ashu
              Oct 31, 2016 at 11:07 am
              Fake or real majority Indians liked it irrespective of religion,except for few which is ok, we can't make every one Happy,let those few cry just ignore them
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                Ashu
                Oct 31, 2016 at 11:21 am
                Not all Muslims,99% Indian Muslims and Hindus are good,just the 1% need special treatment;),and banned jail brokers gets this ,We have changed our policy recently both on border and internally ,hope u got it answer now go back to work
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                  Ashu
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 11:27 am
                  Yes the one person who ran away from his wife is the reason terrorists are running away now, has special ambulances in the border ,Very happy,go back to work
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