The eight members of banned terrorist organisationSIMI, who had earlier today fled from the Bhopal Central Jail after killing a security guard, have been killed in an encounter. ANI reported that the encounter happened on the Bhopal outskirts.
Following the shocking jail break, the Madhya Pradesh government had suspended DIG jail and ADG jail. “We are suspending DIG Jail, and ADG Jail has already been removed,” MP CM Shivraj Chouhan had told reporters. “We are making all efforts to nab the SIMI terrorists. Four jail officials have been suspended for lapses.”
Following the escape of eight members of banned terrorist organisationl, police had sounded a high alert. Union Home Ministry had also sought a report from the Madhya Pradesh government in this regard. Meanwhile, police had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each for information on any of the escaped SIMI members. Informing about the incident, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told ANI, “We have issued an alert in the entire state. We will arrest them soon. Jail administration’s negligence is responsible for the incident.”
This was not the first time when SIMI members had escaped a jail in Madhya Pradesh. In a previous major jail-break, seven members of the banned group had fled from a jail in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
The terror operatives had fled from the jail after killing a jail security guard, official sources said. All states neighbouring Madhya Pradesh were told to remain alert and keep special vigil along their borders with MP. The escaped SIMI members were identified as Mohammed Saliq, Amjed, Khalid, Abdul Majeed, Mujeeb Sheikh and Zakir Hussain Sadiq. Here are their images released by various media on social media. Alert police if you find them around you.
8 terrorists of the banned SIMI who escaped from #Bhopal Central Jail were killed in a gunfight. Watch here:
Out of the seven SIMI members, who had escaped Khandwa jail on October 1, 2013, were arrested after three years and during the period of their hiding, they were allegedly involved in multiple incidents of terror and a bank robbery, reports said. The SIMI men had escaped Khandwa jail after scaling a 14-foot wall.
During the hiding, they were allegedly involved in terror activities in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The group is also suspected to be involved in a bank robbery in Karimnagar (Telangana) on February 1, 2014, blast in a Bangalore-Guwahati train at the Chennai Central station that killed a young software engineer, on May 1, 2014 and the July 10, 2014 explosion near Faraskhana and Vishrambag police stations in Pune. They were also allegedly involved in explosions in Roorkee in Uttarakhand and in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh.
(More details to follow)