The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the Bhopal jailbreak case, in which eight members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday.
“I have spoken to home minister Rajnath Singh, and discussed how an NIA investigation will proceed in the case,” Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters in the press conference.
“This is a serious matter and investigation will take place,” Chouhan added further.
The eight SIMI men who had escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail, have been gunned down in Eintkhedi village in the outskirts of Bhopal. “All the eight SIMI activists who had escaped from the jail, were killed in police encounter at Malikheda in Bhopal,” state home minister Bhupendra Singh said.
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“The operation was carried out along with the Special Task Force. When we intercepted the SIMI members, they fired on us. All the eight operatives were killed in cross-firing,” Yogesh Choudhary, IG, Bhopal.
The eight SIMI operatives carried out a jailbreak in the wee hours of Monday, when the entire city was busy celebrating Diwali. They overpowered two security guards, killing one of them and injuring the other.
The members than escaped the prison using bedsheets as ropes to scale the boundary wall. However, they were spotted by the local villagers in Malikheda, who informed the police. The police swung into action and the fugitives were gunned down.