8 SIMI terrorists who escaped Bhopal Central Jail killed in encounter. It took only eight hours for the Madhya Pradesh police and its Anti-Terrorist squad (ATS) to chase and kill the eight Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terrorists after they broke out of Bhopal Central Jail early this morning, having killed a head constable and scaling the walls of the ‘high-security’ premises using prison bed sheets.
The 8 SIMI terrorists were cornered and gunned down 10km away from the prison, on the outskirts of the city, in a joint operation of the city police, a counter terrorist group (CTG) and an ATS team led by IPS officer Sanjeev Shami.
Following information they received from villagers in the area, police located the terrorists near Manikheda, which comes under the Gunga police station.
“When they (the terrorists) were confronted by a few of the villagers, they started pelting stones. Villagers mistook them for robbers and alerted the police. When they were asked to surrender, they opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate,” said IG Yogesh Chaudhary, who was part of the operation. Two policemen were also injured in the encounter which lasted for nearly an hour. They were carrying dates and other food materials with them. Efforts are being made to trace the identity of those who supported them in the jail break.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said four police officials have been suspended and that the NIA will probe the jail-break. He said he spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and suggested the NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter.