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Police have claimed that the eight SIMI activists were killed in an encounter on Monday hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail . Photo: Reuters
Police have claimed that the eight SIMI activists were killed in an encounter on Monday hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail . Photo: Reuters

Bhopal jailbreak: Families of slain SIMI men to move MP HC seeking CBI probe

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan slammed the 'dirty politics' being played over the killing of the eight SIMI operatives by police in Bhopal

Bhopal/Lucknow: A day after eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists were killed in an alleged police encounter following a daring prison break in Bhopal, their families have decided to approach the Madhya Pradesh high court seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into what they dubbed as “cold-blooded murders".

“The families of the deceased have come to me and are weeping inconsolably for justice. We are going to move the Madhya Pradesh high court for a CBI probe into the entire incident," lawyer Parvez Alam said. “It is surprising that the authorities are claiming that the accused climbed the 32 feet boundary wall of the jail. Is this possible?" he said.

Police have claimed that the accused from the banned outfit were killed in an encounter on Monday hours after they escaped from the high-security central jail where they had slit the throat of a security guard and scaled the wall using bedsheets between 2am and 3 am.

Alam described the encounter as “fake", and said, “The television grabs show police and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) firing. There is no evidence that the accused fired. This is a fake encounter and (these are) cold blooded murders."

Alam said Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary had last night told media that the accused made keys to open their lock up with tooth brushes. “Can someone open the keys of high security Bhopal Central Jail that has earned an ISO certificate with keys made of tooth brushes," he wondered. “What lie these authorities are speaking," he said.

“Our first course of action after the funeral of the accused killed in the encounter is to move the high court for justice," the lawyer added.

The kin of the seven accused have already reached Bhopal to receive their bodies and take them to their place for burial, Alam said. He said that no one has yet claimed the body of Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Solapur in Maharashtra.

Family members of accused Sheikh Mujeeb are taking his body to Ahmedabad, while Abdul Majid’s mortal remains are being taken to Mahidpur area in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, he said. Bodies of the rest—Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Aqueel Khilji—all hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district are being taken to their homes, Alam added.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan slammed the “dirty politics" being played over the killing of the eight SIMI operatives by police and said the slain men were “dreaded terrorists" who could have wreaked devastation.

Speaking to reporters after paying tributes to head constable Ramashankar Yadav, who was killed by the SIMI activists while escaping from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday, Chouhan said he was pained to see that certain politicians were making a “hue and cry over the terrorists but not saying a word of solace for the martyred policemen".

“I am pained to see the kind of politics being played out. Some politicians are turning a blind eye to the sacrifices of the martyrs. They are unable to see the sacrifice of Ramashankar Yadav. These were the same terrorists who first killed Shivpratap Kushwaha (policeman) in Ratlam and then they murdered Sitaram Yadav (policeman) in Khandwa and now Ramashankar Yadav....Had there been some solidarity and sympathy for the martyred jawans...I would have understood. But, they are playing vote-bank politics over incidents like these," he told reporters.

Chouhan said Yadav tried to “single-handedly" fight the terrorists and stop them from escaping" and being a “dutiful officer" he laid down his life in the line of duty. “This is such a patriotic family from where two sons are still serving to protect the country’s borders," he said, underling the fact that Yadav’s two sons are in the army.

He said the state government will “take care" of the family and has announced a Rs10 lakh ex-gratia for Yadav’s family and another Rs5 lakh for the marriage of his daughter which is slated in December this year.

“This colony where he (Yadav) lived will be named Shaheed Ramashankar Yadav colony and a statue of his will also be installed. Funds are not a constraint and more aid and money will be provided to the family when it is required," Chouhan added.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday accused the Madhya Pradesh government of using police for fulfilling the RSS agenda and demanded a judicial probe into the encounter of the eight SIMI-affiliated prisoners.

Mayawati also charged that the police were misused for political and communal motives in BJP-ruled states. “Eight prisoners related to SIMI were unarmed. They could have been arrested easily again but no attempts were made in this regard. Prima facie this matter appears suspicious and justice demands judicial probe into the entire incident of encounter," she said in a statement. “It is visible that police are misused for political and communal motives in BJP-ruled states. Police had saved Vyapam scam, which had taken many lives, accused in Madhya Pradesh. Only after Supreme Court’s intervention, the matter was handed over to the CBI. MP government is using police for fulfilling RSS agenda," she said.

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