Urdu Poet Munawwar Rana has called the Bhopal encounter a “fake” one.
He also made a controversial statement saying that if at least 10 policemen are not killed then what’s the meaning of an encounter.
Last year during intolerance debate, Rana took to television to hand over his Sahitya Akademi award along with a Rs. 1 lakh cash prize and vowed never to accept any government award in future. He had returned his award saying he was disappointed with the present developments in the country.
Rana, 62, who was awarded the Sahitya Akademi in 2014 for his book ‘Shahdaba’, had earlier said that he would not return his award as doing so would not solve the issue of growing religious intolerance in India.
Rana was among the 40-odd writers who returned Sahitya Akademi and other awards after the killing of Kannada writer M M Kalburgi and lynching of a Dadri man for allegedly consuming beef.
Meanwhile, several Muslim organisations in Madhya Pradesh have demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. They have asked for an inquiry be conducted by a high court judge as per the guidelines on encounter killings prescribed by the Supreme Court.
According to Bhopal IG Yogesh Choudhary, 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. They used weapons made of utensils. They escaped the 35 feet walls using bedsheets after slitting the throat of Ramashankar Yadav.
According to police, the under-trials, facing treason charges, were killed in cross-fire about 30 km north of Bhopal, within 10 hours of the jailbreak.