The SIMI men were dangerous – there is no doubt about it. They were accused in everything from bomb making to bomb blasts and from bank robberies to killing of policemen. Being members of the banned terror organisation, their links with the Indian Mujahideen was not out of the question.But a series of videos doing the rounds of social media has sparked a raging debate and raised genuine questions on the encounter itself. The videos show some trigger-happy cops shooting an injured SIMI man on the top of the hillock overlooking a vast expanse of grassland. In the video, some cops are heard urging their fellow cops not to shoot while some others are doing just the opposite. And when a shot is taken, one of the cops utters an expletive at the dead SIMI men. Now there are two sides to every coin. The same applies to this case too.
A slew of questions have been raised on the encounter from various quarters, including prominent names such as Justice Markandey Katju. Some of the questions do make sense while some do not.For instance, the police claims that the men opened fire at the cops. If that is so then where are the weapons? The only weapon seen in one of the videos is the sharp-edged tool that was used to kill 58-year-old Head Constable Ramashankar Yadav. Another question is, why did a cop in the video shoot at an injured escapee when the man could have been apprehended? There are other questions too ranging from why the SIMI men did not spread out in separate directions to how they obtained the watches on their hands, shoes on their feet and fresh set of clothes. But these questions cannot be answered without a probe into the jailbreak, which the state government has ordered. The Opposition have called for independent probe into the incident but the police maintains that the men were the first to fire.
We located the 8 inmates,they fired on us, and all of them were killed in cross firing: Yogesh Chaudhary,IG Bhopal on SIMI terrorists pic.twitter.com/ZylPR4qYXz— ANI (@ANI_news) 31 October 2016
The former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijay Singh was one of the first to raise fingers at both the jailbreak and the encounter.
सरकारी जेल से भागे हैं या किसी योजना के तहत भगाये गये हैं ? जॉंच का विषय होना चाहिये। दंगा फ़साद ना हो प्रशासन को नज़र रखना पड़ेगा।— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) 31 October 2016
क्या कारण है कि जेल से सीमी से संबंधित क़ैदी ही क्यों भागते हैं ? आठों को मप्र पुलिस ने मार गिराया। क्या क़ैदियों के पास हथियार थे ?— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) 31 October 2016