Eight members of Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) wanted for several major bomb-blasts across the state and criminal incidents, who managed to escape highly fortified Bhopal Central Jail in the early hours of Monday have been gunned down by security forces in an encounter after few hours in Einthkhedi village.
“Special search teams were formed to nab the eight escapees. One of our teams located them near Eintkhedi village. On sighting the security forces militants opened fire and on retaliatory action the terrorists were gunned down,” said Yogesh Chaudhary, Inspector General of Police (IG) Bhopal.
The eight gunned down alleged SIMI terrorist have been identified as Amzad, Zair Hussai Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Sheikh,Mehboob Guddu, Mohmmad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majib.
Out of the eight four Jakir, Sheikh, Amjad and Mehboob had made audacious escape from Khandwa Jail in 2013.
In Monday early hours the eight kept in the same cell somehow managed to break-open their cell, killed a constable deployed in security duty in the central jail using sharp weapons and glass and then used bed-sheets to jump the 20-feet high wall of the jail.
The fugitive SIMI members after escaping the jail took shelter in the outskirts of a village around eight kilometers from Bhopal.
A senior officer said, locals on suspecting the eight to be SIMI terrorists after their jail break news spread alerted the police.
Bhopal government has suspended four jail officials including the jail superintendent. A probe has been initiated to find out the reasons and loopholes which led to the jail break and killing of a jail staff.