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Ten days after eight SIMI activists escaped from Bhopal Central Jail and were killed hours later in an encounter, a Chief Judicial Magistrate, while hearing a related case, rapped the prosecution for not informing the court about the jailbreak and death of the SIMI operatives.
CJM, Bhopal, Bhubhaskar Yadav Wednesday heard a plea by advocate Parvez Alam seeking permission to visit 21 SIMI activists in the Bhopal Central Jail. The advocate represents five of the slain SIMI activists and two others who are still in the jail.
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Alam, who was permitted by the court to meet the SIMI operatives in jail on Wednesday, told The Indian Express that the CJM took cognizance of the encounter and asked the prosecution why the court had not been informed about the encounter. The court asked several questions but the prosecution did not have answers to most of them, Alam claimed.
The prosecution has sought time till November 17 to submit the documents and information sought by the court.
After the encounter on October 31, Alam had alleged that the remaining SIMI members were being tortured by jail authorities and sought court’s permission to visit them in jail. He had also alleged that he faced a threat to his life because he had given statements before the media raising doubts over the jailbreak and the encounter.
The court is also hearing a case against SIMI activists, including Abu Faisal, who had allegedly threatened to target then PM candidate Narendra Modi and raised pro-Taliban slogans on Bhopal district court premises on May 17, 2014, when they were being taken away after a court appearance in connection with previous cases.
Due to the raising of slogans on court premises, police had decided not to take the operatives for trial to the district court, and had introduced video trial facility.