SIMI jailbreak: Probe panel gets three months extension

The eight SIMI undertrials had pulled off an audacious escape from the high-security Central Jail of Bhopal on the intervening night of October 30-31 last year after killing a guard. Police, however, gunned them down in an alleged encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal within hours of jailbreak.

By: PTI | Bhopal | Published:July 13, 2017 7:03 pm
simi, simi under trials, simi operatives, simi jail break, simi activists, bhopal jail. simi encounter, madhya pardesh government, shivraj singh chouhan File: 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/ File Photo)

The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday extended by three months the term of the single-member judicial commission, set up to probe the daring jailbreak by eight Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives last year. This is the second extension that the commission has received.

Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya said the decision to give the extension was taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“The term of the single-member judicial commission probing the escape of SIMI operatives from Bhopal’s central jail, has been further extended for a period of three months. The term of this commission was scheduled to end next month (on August 7). Now, the commission’s tenure has been extended up to November 6,” Malaiya said after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

On November 7 last year, the state government had appointed retired high court judge S K Pandey to probe the daring jailbreak by eight activists of the banned SIMI. Initially, this single-member commission had been told to complete the probe within three months and submit its report to the state government.

The eight SIMI undertrials had pulled off an audacious escape from the high-security Central Jail of Bhopal on the intervening night of October 30-31 last year after killing a guard. Police, however, gunned them down in an alleged encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal within hours of jailbreak.

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