Bhopal encounter: 8 SIMI terrorists killed in cross-firing, 7 weapons recovered, says IG Yogesh Choudhary

31 October 2016, 10:49 PM

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said an NIA probe will be conducted into the prison break here to trace the possible international links of the eight SIMI activists killed in a police encounter hours after they escaped from Central Jail.

According to police, all the eight SIMI activists were killed by Bhopal Police at Malikheda on the city outskirts. The undertrials escaped around 2-3 AM after killing a jail security guard by scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets.

The activists were identified as—Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid.

Here are the live updates: 

#MP CM announces Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of security guard Ramashankar Yadav (killed by SIMI terrorists this morning)

#We have to assess the process as to how they escaped and where did they go after escaping; matter of probe: IG 

#These people (SIMI terrorists) have been continuously perpetrating serious offences: IG

#It is a matter of investigation to ascertain if they received help from outside (to escape): IG Yogesh Choudhary

#4 firearms and 3 sharp weapons were recovered from the 8 SIMI terrorists who were killed in encounter, today: IG

#This was a police encounter. All factors will be taken into consideration during investigation: Yogesh Choudhary, IG

#Will have to look at veracity of (unverified) video. It was a case of open env, will take all matters in consideration as probe progress: IG

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#It is a matter of investigation: IG Yogesh Choudhary when asked about reports that the terrorists did not carry any weapons

#8 SIMI terrorists were killed in cross-firing, a few of our policemen were also injured. We recovered 7 weapons from the encounter site: IG

#As this was a serious issue, we investigated all possible getaways and after receiving info, we confronted the SIMI terrorists: IG

#Bhopal IG Yogesh Choudhary and DIG Raman Singh Sikarwar address media

#SIMI terrorists escaping from prison is serious issue, based on inquiry strict action will be taken against those responsible: MP CM

#When an encounter happens, police has no other option but to fire: MP HM Bhupendra Singh on unverified video of bhopal prison break encounter

#This is a huge victory for our forces, I congratulate MP police: MP HM Bhupendra Singh on SIMI terrorists encounter

#Credit goes to MP police for taking swift action; they confronted the terrorists & made sure that they neutralised the terrorists: J Scindia

#Surprising that time & again such incidents are happening in MP. These aren't anti-social elements,these are anti-national elements: Scindia

#This is not the first time we are hearing this, this has happened before in Khandwa as well: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Cong on SIMI terrorists

#I spoke to HM Rajnath Singh, I spoke about how NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter. HM agreed: MP CM

#This is a serious matter therefore investigation will take place, further action will be taken based on the findings: MP CM

#Locals played a crucial role as well, they updated us about the location and all other info: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Simi Terrorists

#Want to congratulate our forces, but we are looking at this very seriously. Prisoners escaping is a serious matter: MP CM on SIMI terrorists

#"Did terrorist flee or were they released under a government scheme? This should be investigated...," Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted. (Read full story here)

Earlier on Monday morning, eight terrorists of the banned SIMI escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail by killing a security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets.

Read: How it happened?

“Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI.

The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists also killed a jail security guard and later scaled the jail walls with the help of bed sheets, he said.

They killed the guard by slitting his throat with steel plate and glass after overpowering him, the DIG said.

A massive manhunt was launched to track the escapees, even as CM Shivraj Chauhan suspended DIG and ADG of the Bhopal jail. 

A high alert was also sounded across the central jails in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. 

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Monday, October 31, 2016 12:00 PM
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