Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lauded the security forces for killing eight Students’ Islamic Movement of India members in the Eintkhedi village who had escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday. Adding that the state government was looking at it “seriously”, Chouhan announced that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the jailbreak.
Speaking to media in Bhopal, Chouhan said, “Want to congratulate our forces, but we are looking at this very seriously. Locals played a crucial role as well, they updated us about the location and all other information. This is a serious matter therefore investigation will take place, further action will be taken based on the findings.”
Chouhan had spoken to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and suggested that the NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter. “I spoke about how NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter. The home minister agreed,” he said.
Around 2 am at the Bhopal Central Jail, the terrorists tied up one guard and killed a head constable by slitting his throat with steel plate and glass. Then using ropes fashioned out of bedsheets, they climbed out of the boundary walls.
Following the escape, a high alert had been sounded across Madhya Pradesh and the entire city was in lockdown to nab the escaped activists. Five jail officials had also been suspended for lapses in security, including DIG Jail and ADG Jail.
Monday’s incident came three years after a jailbreak in Khandwa when seven members of SIMI 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.