In a rather quick development, the eight terror suspects who fled from the Bhopal Central Jail on Sunday night have been gunned down in an encounter in Eintkhedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal. Late on Sunday night, eight inmates of Bhopal Central jail fled after killing a security guard on duty. Those escaped were connected with banned militant group Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The terrorists, who were held in B block of the prison, killed head constable Ramakant during their jail break.
In a conversation with NDTV, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh Thakur said, “SIMI members used jail utensils as weapons. In the encounter, the suspects did not have a gun and the police had no choice but to kill them.”
“Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI. They killed the guard by slitting his throat with steel plate and glass after overpowering him, the DIG said.
Meanwhile, questioning the encounter, AAP MLA Alka Lamba said how could all the eight suspects be killed at the same spot.
Talking about the encounter of SIMI terror suspects, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing the media said, “Locals too played a crucial role in updating the police about the location of the fled prisoners. I have spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the same and an investigation will be launched into this.”
The incident was confirmed by Sanjay Choudhary, DG Bhopal Central Jail saying that 8 SIMI undertrials fled from the prison, killing a guard while injuring another. He also added that ADG Jail has been directed to probe security lapses, while security has been tightened for other prisoners. The Madhya Pradesh Government has also suspended five officials of the Bhopal Central Jail after the escape of the inmates.
State government had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on the heads of the activists. They were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, an official said.
Significantly, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also called on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, asking for a detailed report on those fleeing from the Bhopal prison. Meanwhile, a high alert has been sounded following the jail break. 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 Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
All states neighbouring Madhya Pradesh have been specifically told to remain alert and keep special vigil along their borders with Madhya Pradesh, sources said.
Speaking on the matter, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said, “We have issued an alert in the entire state and we will arrest them soon. It is the jail administration’s negligence that is responsible for this.”
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“The inmates made a rope with the help of bed sheets to jump over the walls, we have launched combing ops,” says Arvind Saxena, SP Bhopal.