Following the escape of 8 militants of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) group from the Bhopal Central jail and their execution in an police encounter within ten hours of the prison-break, Yogesh Choudhary, the Inspector General (IG) of police today claimed that the terror suspects were killed in a cross-firing and few policemen were also been injured in the incident.
Citing that there will be further investigation on the encounter, the Inspector General said that police had recovered 4 firearms and 3 sharp weapons from the terrorists.
Addressing the media the Yogesh Choudhury said, “8 SIMI terrorists were killed in cross firing, a few of our policemen were also injured. We recovered 7 weapons from the encounter site,”
Choudhary said the police is unsure on whether there were any help provided from outside for the militants to escape, but asserted investigation on the same.
“We have to assess the process as to how they escaped and where did they go after escaping; matter of probe,” said IG Yogesh Choudhary.
On reports suggesting that the militants didn’t carry weapons, Choudhary said that it’s a matter of investigation and the police had investigated all possible getaways after receiving information. The police also asserted that during the investigation they’ll also look at a unverified video footage and since it happened in an open area, all matter will be taken into consideration as the investigation continues.
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.