NIA to probe Bhopal jailbreak after police kill 8 SIMI fugitives
The police said they have already launched a manhunt to nab the SIMI activists. (Representative Image) Photograph: (ANI)
Eight activists of the Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a banned Islamist organisation in India, who escaped from a high-security central India jail today morning, have been killed in an encounter. The state home minister Bhupendra Singh told PTI that the encounter took place at Malikheda near Bhopal.
8 SIMI terrorists who fled from Bhopal Jail killed in an encounter: Police at the spot pic.twitter.com/V6ZuMLgF70— ANI (@ANI_news) 31 October 2016
We located the 8 inmates,they fired on us, and all of them were killed in cross firing: Yogesh Chaudhary,IG Bhopal on SIMI terrorists pic.twitter.com/ZylPR4qYXz— ANI (@ANI_news) 31 October 2016
The under-trials had slit a guard's throat with a steel plate and glass in order to escape. The Madhya Pradesh police recovered four firearms, sharp weapons and knives from them, ANI reported.
Four Bhopal central jail officials, including the superintendent, have been suspended.
A security official told PTI, the eight men scaled the prison wall with the help of bed sheets after killing a security guard.
"Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard," deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI.
The fugitives were identified as, Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, an official said
The union home ministry on Monday sought a report from the Madhya Pradesh government about the jail break, and whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents.
India's National Investigation Agency will probe into how the SIMI members managed to stage the jailbreak.
This was the second major jail break by operatives of banned SIMI in three years after the sensational escape by seven members of the group from a jail in Khandwa in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
Bhopal's central jail, also in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is one a well-secured prison and is known to have round-the-clock surveillance system.
SIMI has been accused by New Delhi of carrying out several attacks in the country, and were banned in 2001.
(WION with inputs from PTI)