With raising questions on the police version of the killing of 8 SIMI militants who escaped the Bhopal Central prison early Monday morning, a third video footage of the encounter emerged on Tuesday. Though unverified, the video purportedly shows one of the under trials, who was alive, was shot at twice. In the 46th second of the video, someone among the police is heard shouting the under trial is alive. At this, a personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) fires a bullet, a report said. The Madhya Pradesh police has handed over the investigation of the alleged encounter to the Crime Investigation Department.
Earlier, a second video footage released to media shows five SIMI militants waving to the police officers. Though unverified, but the video raises questions on whether the escaping terror suspects wanted to surrender to the police and the encounter could have been avoided. In the video, the police were also heard speaking to the Police Control Room, confirming that five men were trying to communicate with them.
Another video released earlier showed a policeman shooting at a terrorist, a second policeman taking out a knife from another and other six militants lying dead.
Addressing the media later in the evening, Inspector General of police, Yogesh Choudhary, however claimed that the militants were killed in crossfire where the police fired at them out of retaliation. Choudhary also claimed that the police had recovered four fire arms and three sharp weapons from the militants.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi expressed doubts on the police version, saying that there is quite a lot of discrepancy between the statements of police officials and the Home Minister and the complete theory is generally doubtful. Owaisi demanded a proper and indipendent investigation and has urged the Supreme Court to probe the matter.
There was high alert in Bhopal on Monday morning, after reports that 8 terror suspects from the banned SIMI group had escaped from the Bhopal Central prison after allegedly killing a head constable and tieing up one guard. Hours later the police hunt them down, 15 Kms away from the prison and the 8 militants were killed in a cross firing. The National Investigating Agency (NIA) will be investigating the matter.