In this matter The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent notices the state’s chief secretary, director general of police, director general of prisons and inspector general of prisons. The notice asks for detailed reports in the matter within six weeks.
On October 31, eight terror suspects of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), pulled off a daring prison break and escaped the high security Bhopal Central Jail after killing a security guard Ramashankar Yadav.
According to Bhopal IG Yogesh Choudhary, the alleged terrorists, identified as Amjad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, escaped the Bhopal Central Jail between 2 am – 3 am in the night. They used weapons made of utensils. They escaped the 35 feet walls using bedsheets after slitting the throat of Ramashankar Yadav.
Clockwise from top left, Abdul Majid, Mehboob Guddu, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Khan, Mohammad Aqeel Khilji, Mohammad Khalid Ahmad, Mohammad Saliq, Mujeeb Sheikh.
The police had said that the eight men had weapons, and they fired on them, and all of them were killed in the cross-firing.
Police atop the hillock where they killed the eight men. PTI
Soon after the incident, several videos have emerged showing exposed several loopholes in the claims made by police. The Opposition, along with human rights’ activists have raised serious apprehensions regarding the encounter, with some calling it ‘fake’.
“The ‘escape’ of 8 under trial-prisoners from Bhopal Central Jail, and then their killing by ATS raises serious questions. There must be a time-bound judicial inquiry into their killings, and disturbing inconsistencies in versions of the state govt & the police,” Yechury tweeted.
Soon after the incident, Digvijaya took to Twitter to ask whether prisoners escaped or they were made to escape as part of a plan. The Congress, the Left parties and other Opposition parties joined in unison in questioning the veracity of the accounts given by the state police.