Bhopal encounter deaths: Videos surface, questions arise after all eight 'escapees' from Indian jail are killed

A?voice in the background says, 'Zinda hai,?maaro.' (He is alive, kill him.) After which a policeman points a rifle at a body on the ground and shoots. An arm moves. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 01, 2016, 05.38 AM (IST)

Several videos have surfaced -- and troubling questions arisen -- following the killing of eight escapees from a high-security jail in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The escapees were all undertrials and accused of being members of the Students' Islamic Movement of India or SIMI, a group that was banned in India in 2001. The escapees faced different charges from sedition to murder.

The eight men escaped from a jail in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, on Monday. They left behind one dead prison guard, whom they allegedly killed with knives fashioned from steel plates and glasses issued to them in prison.

A few hours later all eight undertrials were dead.

WION cannot verify the authenticity of the videos.

The one below shows apparently dead men lying on the ground. A man in plainclothes is seen recovering a large knife from one of them. Then a voice in the background says, “Zinda hai, maaro.” (He is alive, kill him.)


A policeman in uniform then points a rifle at a body, and shoots -- an arm moves -- while another voice says, "Put one in the chest... He will die."

The escapees were caught on a hilltop only 8 kilometres from the Bhopal Central Jail.

India's National Investigation Agency is probing the jailbreak.