Reiterating his demand for a thorough investigation into the killing of eight members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in an encounter by the Madhya Pradesh police within 12 hours after they escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday suspected there was a conspiracy behind the whole incident and wondered “why only Muslims break out of prison and not Hindus”.
“National Investigation Agency must conduct probe, Court should monitor it. Also why only Muslims break out of jail, what is the problem, must also be probed,” the former Chief Minister told ANI. This is the second major jail break by operatives of the banned SIMI in three years after the sensational escape by seven members of the group from a jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
Earlier on Monday, eight prisoners, who pulled off a daring prison-break after killing a security guard on duty, were hunted down and killed in a police encounter on the city outskirts. However, two videoclips, purportedly of the Bhopal encounter, have raised questions about the official version of events, prompting a lawyer representing seven of the eight SIMI inmates who were killed to call for a CBI probe.
Soon after the incident, Digvijaya took to Twitter to ask whether prisoners escaped or they were made to escape as part of a plan. He also mentioned that he had earlier asked the Madhya Pradesh government to ban Bajrang Dal and SIMI, but only the latter was banned. The Congress, the Left parties and other Opposition parties joined in unison in questioning the veracity of the accounts given by the state police.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the NIA will probe the jailbreak involving eight activists of the banned SIMI.
The Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Madhya Pradesh government on the jail break whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to avoid such incidents.