MP police body chief justifies Bhopal encounter

The officer first expressed his opinion in a WhatsApp post that later went viral.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: November 7, 2016 2:20 pm
simi, bhopal encounter, simi operatives, simi encounter, simi activists, bhopal, bhopal jailbreak, simi bhopal jailbreak, madhya pradesh, india news, indian express news Bodies of SIMI terrorists who were killed in an encounter after they escaped from Central Jail, being handed over to their relatives and family members after post-mortem in Bhopal. (Source: PTI Photo/File)

A day after the Madhya Pradesh government ordered a judicial probe into the jailbreak and subsequent encounter killing of SIMI operatives near Bhopal, chief of the state IPS officers’ association justified the encounter Sunday. “I am hurt by the debate, conjectures and insinuations that the events could have been staged. Please don’t put police on par with criminals,’’ Madhya Pradesh IPS Officers’ Association president Pawan Jain told The Sunday Express. Jain, additional DGP (planning), said he was speaking on behalf of the association, but his comments don’t amount to a bid to influence outcome of the judicial probe that is yet to begin.

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“They (SIMI activists) were threat to the society after their escape. Their intention was anything but noble. They could have exploded bombs, murdered people and robbed banks as some of them did when they escaped from Khandwa jail,’’ the senior IPS officer said. “If bullets fired by the police killed them, bullets fired by them could have killed the police too,” he said.

He did not agree that nabbing one of the SIMI activists alive could have unravelled the alleged conspiracy behind the jailbreak. Referring to Mumbai attacks, he said ASI Tukaram Omble died in an attempt to capture Ajmal Kasab alive. “Kasab’s capture confirmed the involvement of Pakistan in the attack. No one remembers Omble, but they remember Kasab.’’

The officer first expressed his opinion in a WhatsApp post that later went viral. Referring to television debates by “armchair experts,’’ he said people don’t understand the seriousness of the situation unless they face it themselves.

Interestingly, among those who liked the IPS officer’s post is Congress spokesperson K K Mishra. “The officer has spoken from his heart. He is is not a politician,” Mishra said. The Opposition party has alleged that the encounter was fake. Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said a judicial probe had been ordered and it was not proper to reach any conclusion yet. “All angles are being probed,’’ he said, while reacting to Jain’s comments.

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    Bijan Mohanty
    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:17 am
    Why the Jail head is not yet arrested for abetting the escape and Home minister not resigned over this unsavioury incident ? We are just talking in the air like Modiji.
    1. Sheik Mohamed
      Nov 6, 2016 at 4:26 am
      Terrorists are liable for punishment and no doubt about that and it is a must. These SIMI activists escape from Jail with the help of wooden objects, spoons and use blankets as rope, then where comes the weapon they used to shoot at security persons, who supplied them in prison, why no clear picture about this and so many contradictory statements. Why Mr.yadav, alone was allowed to die, why none his colleagues were present during that time? So many questions, which still unanswered.
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        Suneet Sood
        Nov 6, 2016 at 7:56 am
        He's right, of course. We shouldn't put criminals on par with policemen. But it seems he does not seem to see the need for a probe into how the escape took place in the first place. If there's a security lapse, doesn't he wish to correct it? Or does he want repeated escapes by prisoners, each perhaps followed by their killing?