We were taken, told to confess, allege relatives of SIMI activist

The five — Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Akeel Khilji — had escaped from Bhopal Central Jail in the early hours of Wednesday after allegedly killing a prison guard.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | Khandwa | Updated: November 7, 2016 2:15 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 (PTI10_31_2016_000209A)

A day after eight alleged SIMI operatives were killed in an alleged encounter, bodies of five who came from Khandwa were buried at Bada cemetery here on Tuesday night. The five — Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Akeel Khilji — had escaped from Bhopal Central Jail in the early hours of Wednesday after allegedly killing a prison guard.

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On Wednesday, advocate Javed Chouhan, lawyer for four of the slain suspects from Khandwa, said they are yet to receive the postmortem reports from police. “They should be with us in two days. We have video-recorded the bodies before burial – to ensure we can submit the video in case of apprehension that the autopsy reports are tampered with,” Chouhan said.

On Wednesday, relatives of two slain operatives claimed that hours before the encounter they were “blindfolded and handcuffed” early Monday morning and taken to an undisclosed location near Indore, and asked to make allegedly false confessions.

Mohammed Jaleel, 22, son of Akeel Khilji, claimed that “plainclothed men” came to their house around 4.30 am and asked him to join them. He claimed he was not told about the jailbreak, or why he was being detained. “I was blindfolded, handcuffed and put into a car. I was neither allowed to speak with my lawyer nor produced before a magistrate,” he claimed.

Jaleel claimed he was detained for nearly 10 hours. “At 10.30 pm, I was informed about my father’s encounter killing, and was asked to leave…to perform the last rites,” he claimed. According to Jaleel, he was repeatedly questioned what “ek baari usko use karna, usko fek dena, aur darna mat (use it once, then discard it, and don’t be afraid)” meant. “They said this was some code words I had apparently used when I met my father in jail…. I have never said anything like this,” he claimed. “Why should I say what they want me to say?”

Mehmood Feroze, 28, a scrap dealer and brother-in-law of another deceased, Amjad Khan, claimed that he was also “picked up, blindfolded and handcuffed” after morning prayers and taken to an “undisclosed” location. “They were men from the ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad),” he claimed. “They only said I am a sympathiser of Amjad, and that is why they were detaining me.”

Feroze said he had met Amjad in jail about a month-and-half ago. “They said I had transferred hatyaar (weapon)” to Amjad during that meeting, Feroze said, and vehemently denied the accusation. According to relatives, Feroze was released when they mounted pressure that Amjad’s body would be buried only after he was released.

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  1. I
    Nov 3, 2016 at 2:43 am
    Attack families also
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      T C
      Nov 3, 2016 at 7:12 am
      Tell this to your bloody Bajrangi , VHP, Babas and sadhvis. y naali kay kiiday
      1. A
        Nov 3, 2016 at 3:59 am
        We are living in a country where anti-national elements' accounts sounds more credible and important than the one's protecting our motherland and putting their lives at risk for the same.
      2. B
        Nov 3, 2016 at 1:51 am
        God is watching. We have full trust in God. He is just and likes justice.
        1. B
          B M
          Nov 3, 2016 at 9:12 am
          The People should give a serious thought that what would happen to our country and people if the Government uses police for its selfish motives. One day, the police will become so powerful that there will be no space left for constructive criticism.lt;br/gt;The Delhi police, at the instance of central Govt. , is already challenging the duly elected AAP Govt. The handling of Kanhaiya case by Delhi police is another example. Very sad day and dangerous trend for democracy.
          1. D
            Nov 3, 2016 at 8:52 am
            there is no way to to get the fair trail and consutional response from police and system where BJP rule. this kind of behavior is dangerous for our secular country where all the people lives in friendly and like brotherhood.....it's time to think now and speak up against those people who want to terrorize the minority community.
            1. A
              A villager
              Nov 3, 2016 at 6:02 am
              This incidence has provided chance of Ghar vapasi for Award Vapsi and P-secularists goons !!
              1. D
                Nov 3, 2016 at 2:57 am
                All relatives of a group of saints speaking.lt;br/gt;What the slain police relatives are speaking also need to be mentioned.
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