MP police and ATS kill eight SIMI terrorists after eight hours of struggle
Bhopal: After eight hours of chasing, the Madhya Pradesh police and its Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) killed all the eight Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terrorists after they broke out of Bhopal Central Jail after assassinating a head constable and scaling the walls of the 'high-security' premises using prison bed sheets.
The police gunned down the terrorists 10km away from the prison, on the outskirts of the city, in a joint operation with a counter terrorist group (CTG) and an ATS team led by IPS officer Sanjeev Shami.
The location of these terrorists was traced by following the tip off they received from villagers in the near Manikheda area, which comes under the Gunga police station.
According to IG Yogesh Chaudhary, who was the part of the operation, "When the terrorists were seen by a few of the villagers, they started pelting stones. Villagers mistook them for robbers and alerted the police.”
He said that the terrorists opened fire when they were asked to surrender which was retaliated by the forces.
The official statement said that the encounter lasted for nearly an hour and two policemen were injured during the act. “They were carrying dates and other food materials with them. Efforts are being made to trace the identity of those who supported them in getting out of the jail,” the IG stated.
- Among the eight terrorists, Zakir Hussein Sheikh, Mehboob Guddu and Amzad were also involved in 2013 Khandwa jail break incident.
- The group was led by SIMI’s MP Chief Abu Faisal.
Most of them had been charged with terror and other heinous crimes.
- They also had links with home-grown terror outfits like the Indian Mujahedeen.
- They escaped the jail after killing a constable.
- It is also being said that they had the keys of the prison which were made of wood.
- The senior authorities of the MP police said that it is being investigated that who had helped them getting out of the prison.