Bhopal audio clip: Surround them and finish the job, cops heard saying

The audio tapes, which come in the wake of video clips that did the rounds within hours of the operation on October 31, raise questions about the official version of the sequence of events.

Written by Dipankar Ghose , Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: November 4, 2016 8:01 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 Bhopal: 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 on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Four days after eight SIMI activists were shot dead within hours of their escape from the Bhopal Central Jail, two audio tapes surfaced Thursday, purportedly detailing conversations between securitymen involved in the operation, with one saying “gher ke kardo poora kaam tamam” (surround them and finish the job). In the clips, a person can be heard saying firing from the other side has started and asks policemen to take positions. They are told to communicate less on wireless sets and use phones to ensure better communication with police teams reaching the spot.

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The audio tapes, which come in the wake of video clips that did the rounds within hours of the operation on October 31, raise questions about the official version of the sequence of events.

Asked about the audio clips, SP (CID) Anurag Sharma, who is heading the investigation into the operation, did not question the authenticity of the clips. “We will include everything in our investigation,” Sharma told The Indian Express but said he was yet to hear the tapes.

IG (Bhopal) Yogesh Chaudhary said he did not have time to hear the audio clips and all questions should be directed to the CID which is heading the probe. The longer of the two audio tapes is a nine-minute clip that ends with a round of applause. “Patel sahib, nipta do (Patel sahib, kill them),” says a voice that has praise for a senior police officer for clearing the operation and criticism of another for lacking courage.

At one point, a voice is heard saying “finish them quickly’’ because a senior officer is about to reach. Voices on the audio clips celebrate the deaths and congratulate each other. “Five killed, three to go” can be heard. The audio clips include what appear to be conversations on wireless sets between the control room and policemen involved in the operation, and name some police officers and others by using standard codes like Mic1 and Mic2.

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“Surround them from all sides. They should not escape alive… Congrats aantho mar gaye DSP Crime ne bataya. Very good… beech mein pade hain (Congratulations, all eight have been killed, DSP Crime has said. Very good. The bodies are lying in the middle),” the clips record.

“Go ahead, bilkul nahi peeche hatna hai. Aur jitney Charlie hai unko bhi batao, gher ke kardo poora kaam tamam (Don’t back off. Tell all Charlies, surround them and finish the job),” is one conversation, supposedly between Mic1 and Sigma.

A person can be heard saying, “Aaye hai sir, 5 ko goli lag gayi jai, chalo shabash, koi dikkat nahin hai, hum log pahunch rahe hain (five have taken bullets, congrats. No problem, we are reaching).” A voice demands that two-three ambulances be sent to Khejrawadi. “Ilaaj karne me kitna paisa kharcha hoga (How much money will be spent on treatment).” At one point, someone says, “Koi zinda rehna chahiye (Someone must be kept alive).”

“Sir ko batao, aantho maare gaye, encounter success ho gaya. Over (tell Sir that all eight killed, encounter is successful).” “Abhi media bhi nahi pahunchi hogi, media me bhi dum nahin hai (the media may not have reached, the media doesn’t have guts).”

The clips also record instructions to cover the bodies from all sides because they may have to be verified.

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    Favid
    Nov 4, 2016 at 2:14 am
    I bet all of them were innocents as they were Sunni Muslims. Sunni Muslim men are innocent till they open the vest and get 72 sheeps in return.
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      Khalid
      Nov 4, 2016 at 4:24 am
      Naked crime against muslims, this will back fire sooner or later.lt;br/gt;You, are treating 250mill muslims 2nd cl citizens
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        Khalid
        Nov 4, 2016 at 4:29 am
        You will soon receive award from hindu terrorists to talk their language.. have an independent thinking, i know muslims dare not crise or come forward due hindu threat, that can label any muslims after their choice.
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          Ramakrishnan
          Nov 4, 2016 at 2:09 am
          Atrocious macre by STATE TERRORISM!
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            Jay
            Nov 4, 2016 at 6:10 am
            only dismiss???
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              Nov 4, 2016 at 6:57 am
              CONGIE biryani days are over and CONGIES are slowly becoming history,----NDA which is the current and future DNA of Hindustan does not interact with biryani talks when dealing with terrorists and mullah's NDA interacts with bullets and terrorist and mullah's or MUZZIES deserves bullets and not mercy,----Kaam tamaam.
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                Nov 4, 2016 at 7:59 am
                My father is the one who rooted your mother,---you convert SOB.
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                  Not willing
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 5:53 am
                  Great work done by Mp police. No need of providing biyriani to these terrorist one bullet is enough. Those are cring for human rights violation need to check their terrorist action
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                    Shekhar
                    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:33 am
                    Those who thought encounter was fake should atleast realize that Terrorists were as genuine as 24 ct gold.
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                      SubbuI
                      Nov 4, 2016 at 5:49 am
                      THIS IS SIMPLE SHOOT AT SIGHT ORDER BY BJP GOVERNMENT, lt;br/gt;NO FIRlt;br/gt;NO CHARGE SHEETlt;br/gt;NO INQUIRYlt;br/gt;NO CASElt;br/gt;NO APPEALlt;br/gt;SHOOT AT SIGHTlt;br/gt;SIMLY KALLASlt;br/gt;WAHRE-WHA-KYA DIN AAYA HAMIRI DESH MEM-NALAYAK NMODI KI RAJ MEM
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                        Vkc
                        Nov 4, 2016 at 6:44 am
                        Why this a questioning headline? Terrorists killed! congratulations. More should be killed instead of keeping these moles. I dont understand IE's stand. Looks like they just want readership ahead of people safety. IE should not portray it as a scandal..rather than as a heroic steps indian policeman are taking to kill these. Non sense elements.
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                          Anuj
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 11:38 am
                          Justice is guaranteed to all irrespective of religion or status. No one take Law for granted. That tendency will turn any society in to a jungle raj. Justice is law of nature as well. Our scriptures emphasize on Justice. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Founding fathers made no mistake when consution was written. Consution grants right of equality in the eyes of Law.
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                            Aiswarya Lekshmi
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm
                            It didn't appear to have a communal tone. These jihadists are better trained than local policemen. The policemen were fearing for their life. Also, the militants killed one of their coworkers. That must've triggered them.
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                              Aiswarya Lekshmi
                              Nov 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                              Unlike what you said, the phrase 'Indira is India and India is Indira' was actually used by a Congress MP in Parliament.
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                                Akshit
                                Nov 4, 2016 at 4:43 am
                                What else did you want police to do?? Surrender in front of terrorists??
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                                  Ananda J
                                  Nov 4, 2016 at 5:18 am
                                  You know, you should be in jail for the threat to society that you are.
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                                    Ananda J
                                    Nov 4, 2016 at 5:22 am
                                    Something like that. You are joining or not?
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                                      Ananda J
                                      Nov 4, 2016 at 5:27 am
                                      There are no hindu terrorists. Because Hinduism doesn't give any prizes fir killing: no 72 virgins or heaven. There is only one RELIGION doing THAT. Get that right.
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                                        Ananda J
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 5:11 am
                                        What the media is implying islt;br/gt;the Police didn't say:lt;br/gt;"Come and enjoy this mutton biryan we havr for youi! Specially for killing the guard on duty!!".lt;br/gt;We should make a batallion of cooks, and send them next time, especially when SIMI prisoners escape. Good luck!
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                                          Ananda J
                                          Nov 4, 2016 at 5:24 am
                                          True. Let them go free by your logic
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                                            Rajesh
                                            Nov 4, 2016 at 5:00 am
                                            I wish this much analysis should have happened for the officer Late Mr.Yadav who died doing his duty.
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