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National Intelligence Agency to probe Bhopal jailbreak

Locals helped locate escaped SIMI operatives, who had escaped in wee hours, says MP CM

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Publish Date: Oct 31 2016 4:24PM | Updated Date: Oct 31 2016 4:24PM

National Intelligence Agency to probe Bhopal jailbreak

Chief Minister (CM) of Madhya Pradesh (MP) Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated security forces after they killed the eight SIMI operatives who escaped from jail on Monday. "I want to congratulate our forces, but we are looking at this very seriously. Prisoners escaping is a serious matter," the CM said.


Singh added that National Intelligence Agency (NIA) would investigate the jailbreak to see how the prisoners had escaped. "I spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, I spoke about how NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter. The Home Minister agreed," he said.


Congress leader Kamal Nath said, "Now we can't get any information as all of them died. There should be a judicial probe to know how they escaped."


The eight SIMI activists, who pulled off a daring prison break and escaped in the wee hours of Monday after killing a security guard at the Bhopal Central Jail, were hunted down and killed in a police encounter on the city outskirts. All the eight activists were killed by Bhopal Police at Malikheda on the city outskirts, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told PTI.


CM Chouhan said that locals played a crucial role in locating the fugitives. "They updated us about the location and all other info," he said.


Acting on the leads provided by locals, the cops tracked them down to Malikheda, where they were encircled and killed when they tried to challenge the police.


The activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India had managed to escape around 2-3 AM after killing a jail security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets, DIG Bhopal Raman Singh said. The activists were identified as -- Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said.


Soon after the incident, the state government on Monday released their sketches and suspended four officials including Jail Superintendent Akhilesh Tomar. It had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on the heads of the activists.


The Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Madhya Pradesh government on the jail break whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents.