Out of the eight activists of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who were killed, three of them had escaped from Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa jail in the year 2013 as well. Among the eight accused Amzad, Aqueel, Zakir, Shaikh Mahboob, Saliq, Khalid, Shaikh Mujib and Majeed; Sheikh, Amazad and Zakir had fled the Khandwa jail in 2013. According to an Indian Express report, among the eight, four were accused in a blast in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, out of which these three were a part. They were arrested this year in February. The fourth person, Mohammad Salik, however, has not a part of the jailbreak in 2013. He was killed on Monday. The three who escaped then were part of a group of 7 who fled in 2013. Out of the 7, two were arrested soon, but two more were accused in the blast in Bijnor UP, who were killed by the police in 2015.
According to UP’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, on September 12, 2014, a bomb accidentally blasted while being assembled in one of the two houses which were rented by the men, IE reported. Sheikh Mehboob also known as Guddu or Malik got injured in the blast. Mehboob was killed on Monday. All of the blasts accused, killed on Monday were residents of Khandwa. Mohammad Aslam alias Bilal and Mohammad Aizazuddin, the other two who were accused in the blast, were killed in a police encounter in Telangana in April last year. Thre rest, Guddu, Mehboob, Amazad and Salik were arrested at Rourkela in Odisha, in 2016, according to the IE report. Sheikh Mehboob got injured in the blast, receiving severe burns on his hands and face. CCTV footage was reportedly found which showed the SIMI activists carrying away the injured Sheikh.
NIA had taken over the Bijnor blast case from UP ATS in April 2015. The NIA wanted to interrogate Salik, Guddu, Mehboob and Amazad. An NIA officer told IE, “We wanted to interrogate them for the sequence of events before filing the charge sheet. We had got a production warrant from a local court in Lucknow and submitted it in the MP jail where they were lodged.” UP ATS had filed a charge sheet against 5 people from Bijnor, among them is a woman Husna, who along with her brother Nadeem, Rahees, his son Abdulla and Furkan were accused of allegedly ‘providing shelter and logistic help’. They have been in jail since October 2015, when they were arrested.