Eight members of the banned terrorist organization, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) have escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on Monday after killing a guard.
The jail-breakers identified as Amjed Khalid, Mujeeb Sheikh, Mohammed Saliq, Abdul Majeed, Zakir Hussain, Mohammed Sadiq, Aqeel Khilji and Sheikh Mehboob. The terrorists around 2 am tied up a security guard and killed a head constable. The victim named Ram Shankar Yadav, they killed him by slitting his throat with glass shards and steel plate.
After killing him, they made rope joining their bedsheets and shawls and climbed the boundary wall. They chose Diwali night as the sound of firecrackers has concealed all other sounds.
Three security personnel and the jail superintendent were suspended.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that the jail called the police at around 4:30 am. “There will be an investigation into lapses.” Several police teams were formed to search the prisoners.
Three years ago, in 2013 the terrorists conducted a similar plan to fled from Tantiya Bheel Jail, Khandwa. That time they broke a bathroom wall to escape. They had fled to Bijnor in UP and after an IED found their den, they had escaped to Telangana.
The terrorist group SIMI was launched in 1977. The group was formed to look after the benefit of the Muslim youth but soon they adopted a sturdy ideology. In 2001 the government banned the group. But sources said many members of this group went underground and they were in touch to expand their group.
According to security agencies, the banned terrorist group has more than 400 full-time cadre and more than 20,000 ordinary members.
Last year, ex-SIMI chief Abu Faisal alias Doctor was sentenced to life-imprisonment in an ATS constable murder case. Three years ago, Faisal along with Amjad, Zakir, Aslam, Mehboob, Mirza Beig and Aizazuddin have escaped from jail.
All railway stations and bus stands have been brought under surveillance in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Also Delhi’s anti-terror wing, a special cell has sent their team to Bhopal. Police circulated their latest photographs among law enforcement officers.