Eight activists of the banned SIMI who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday by killing a security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets, have been killed in an encounter with the Anti-Terrorism Squad in Acharpura Village of Bhopal district.
“Eight SIMI or Students Islamic Movement of India activists escaped at around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh said.
The activists after killing the guard scaled the prison walls with the help of bed sheets, the DIG said.
After the escape, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had set a high alert along with announcing a reward of Rs 5 Lakh on the heads of each of the activists. The concerned jail officials maintaining security have been suspended.
The now deceased have been identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, an official said.
This was the second major jail break by operatives of banned SIMI in three years after the sensational escape by seven members of the group from a jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
SIMI was banned by the government in 2001.