SIMI jailbreak case: NHRC sends notice to Madhya Pradesh govt, DGP

The Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report on the case and observed that it has always been "concerned" about deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 12:27 pm
simi encounter, simi activists encounter, simi activists jailbreak, simi activits jail escape, simi activists, Madhya Pradesh government, bhopal jailbreak, bhopal jail escape, Madhya Pradesh news, india news, indian express 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. (Source: PTI)

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to Madhya Pradesh government, police and prison authorities over the killing of eight SIMI activists in an alleged encounter after they had fled from a jail in Bhopal. The Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report on the case and observed that it has always been “concerned” about deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action. The NHRC has issued notices to the state’s Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and the Director General and Inspector General of state prison department, and sought detailed reports in six weeks.

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Eight SIMI activists pulled off a daring prison break and escaped in the wee hours yesterday after killing a security guard at the Bhopal Central Jail. Within hours, they were hunted down and killed in an alleged police encounter on the city outskirts. The Commission has always been “concerned about the deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action. Specific guidelines have also been issued by it, which have been conveyed to all the States/UTs for compliance in the matters of encounter,” the NHRC said in a statement today.

“Reportedly, the under trial prisoners escaped the jail after killing a guard. Three of these under trial prisoners had escaped from the Khandwa jail three years back and were nabbed again in the state of Odisha, this year. The under trial were charged under various crimes including murder, sedition, jail break and bank robberies,” it said. “Senior officers have claimed the police started firing only after being shot at by the accused.

“The police team had initially asked the escaped prisoners to surrender, as stated in the report. Five jail officials have been put under suspension including DIG (Jail) and the Jail Superintendent. The Additional DG (Jail) has been reportedly transferred,” it added. The incident has kicked up a raging controversy with the government and the opposition parties locked in a war of words over the issue. Raising doubts, Congress and Left parties have sought a judicial probe into the incident.

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    Sriram
    Nov 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm
    Shame on Congress, CPI, MIM and NHRC. Their utterances and actions are near anti-national. Where are these guys when Police and Citizens were murdered by these Terrorists who belong to a banned organization. Censor or Lock up these guys. Judiciary anyway is unconcerned with our security as they proved in case of AFSPA.lt;br/gt;At least we are lucky to have a PM in Modi, who has the guts to take tough stance on terrorism. I only wish he does a 'Duterte'. Kill all the Terrorists in the Jails. Arrest the Jeelanis, Maliks etc... etc.. As a Tax payer, I don't want my money to be spent on these s for their security and food. This is the only solution now.
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      Karmachand
      Nov 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm
      According to Congress these SIMI people are peace loving secular people. RSS people are saffron terrorists. These SIMI people are very peaceful, they are just peacefully keeping bombs here and there so that they will get 72 virgins... shame on these Islamic terrorists and the sickular congress who supports them
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        Vinu Koratty
        Nov 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm
        Will NHRC also issue notice to Terrorist, I wonder? After all the Police man who dies also have some Human Rights, right?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Or is Human Rights only for Terrorists and not for common Indians?
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          Srikrishna
          Nov 3, 2016 at 10:17 am
          then u 2 may be killed if u dared to question actions of rss/bjp
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            Kishori Lall
            Nov 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm
            Human right commission should issue notices to terrorist who are burning schools in Kashmir too? Did they send any consolation letter to bereaved family of Mr Yadv too?
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              Kishori Lall
              Nov 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm
              Hype and hue and cry made by human right commission and politicians just based on news is premature and unwarranted. Fugitives were terrorists and they escaped by killing a police person. They have not been killed in police custody. There is no evidence that they were ready to surrender peacefully when asked by police. lt;br/gt;This incident and similar incident need to be probed there is no doubt to it but make a political issue and doubting the police action outright is demoralizing tho police and administration. This will not solve the problem but create further issue by creating communal tension. Why we are taking the issue on street instead of discussing in embly or parliament and enacting law to handle situation like this so that in future such incidents are handled in better way.lt;br/gt;Politicians and human right commission are making premature and unwarranted noise based on news instead of getting more details of incident.
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                syam
                Nov 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                NHRC...where were you at time the police guard was killed by the same terrorists. Are you sleeping or watching movies....u cowards.
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                  SUMAN MAITRA
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                  These SIMI student activists are accused in lot of criminal cases, inclusive of robbery and indulging of terrorist activities. They are accused of jailbreak also. But all these activities do not qualify for shooting down the under trial criminals by the State administration. These type of extrajudicial power for execution by the State or the Law enforcing agencies is horrifying and may be counterproductive also. These type of ‘ENCOUNTERS’ happens only in a totalitarian state. And, mind it, these type of game plan will not be confine against a particular community in longer run. In future these type of tactics will be applied to eliminate any sort of opposition voices against the Govt./administration. There were lots of examples in these regard in states like W.B and Punjab in the past.lt;br/gt;It seems that Govt. is trying to ignite hawkish nationalistic majoritarian fury by some paid media and enough chest thumping by the sycophants of their GURUKUL, in both deep inside of our country and as well as in the border.lt;br/gt;Their main game plan is to consolidate majoritarian hawkish forces before state elections. More opposition voices will have raised against these type of POLICE STATE, more they hope to consolidate their majoritarian outfit, which will pay a much dividend in coming elections.
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