In a quick operation, a team of Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) killed eight SIMI activists who fled from Bhopal Central Jail on October 30 night. The encounter took place at Eintkhedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal.
They were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said. While in hiding, the SIMI men were allegedly involved in terror activities and heinous crimes in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Many of them were linked to home-grown terror outfits like the Indian Mujahedeen.
The operation took place near Manikheda area under Gunga police station, after villagers informed law enforcers about the terrorists.
The daily quoted IG Yogesh Chaudhary as saying, “When they were confronted by a few of the villagers, they started pelting stones. Villagers mistook them as robbers and alerted the police. When they were asked to surrender, they opened fire forcing police to retaliate.”
They fled from Bhopal Central Jail last night. They killed security guard Ramashankar Yadav during escaping from the B block of the jail. Sources said that they overpowered the guard and opened the lock of the cell. They used bed-sheets as rope for escaping from the jail’s wall.
A reward of five lakh rupees each was announced on arrest of these terrorists. Five officers of Central Bhopal Jail including jail superintendent have been suspended after jail break incident. The action has been taken on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan directions.
Meanwhile, Centre has sought a report from Madhya Pradesh government over the jail break incident. Sources said the Home Ministry has asked details on the escape of eight SIMI activists from Bhopal central jail last night. It also asked for whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents.
Officials are now trying to identity the people who helped these eight to escape.
Earlier on Monday morning, it was reported that eight terrorists fled jail after murdering a prison guard. They used bed-sheets to scale the high security prison walls.
Three among the eight had been re-arrested after they were involved in a similar jail-break in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, three years ago.
Five prison officers have also been suspended for negligence of duty by state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who termed it as an ‘unfortunate incident’.
The Union Home Minister too has asked for a detailed report from the state government.