In­dian Po­lice Kill Eight Mil­i­tants Who Fled Prison

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Dubai: In­dian Po­lice Mon­day gunned down eight sus­pected mil­i­tants of the banned group Stu­dents’ Is­lamic Move­ment of In­dia (SIMI) in an en­counter, hours af­ter they es­caped from a high-se­cu­rity prison in the cen­tral state of Mad­hya Pradesh’s cap­i­tal Bhopal. “The mil­i­tants were hid­ing on the out­skirts of Bhopal af­ter they es­caped from the Bhopal Cen­tral Jail early this morn­ing (Mon­day). Though they had no guns, the mil­i­tants were killed by the Po­lice af­ter they at­tacked them with stolen uten­sils and at­tempted to flee,” state Home Min­is­ter Bhu­pen­dra Singh said.

“The Po­lice ini­tially tried to wound them, but were ul­ti­mately left with no other op­tion than to kill them as they were not ready to give up. “Two Po­lice­men also sus­tained in­juries in the en­counter with the mil­i­tants,” said the of­fi­cial.” The dar­ing jail break took place at the Bhopal Cen­tral Jail around 2am lo­cal time. The eight mil­i­tants had first killed the jail guard with a knife and then used blan­kets to scale the bound­ary walls to es­cape. The state govern­ment has or­dered a probe into the in­ci­dent and sus­pended the head of the jail. “There will be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the lapses,” the Home Min­is­ter said.

This is not the first time that such a jail break by the mil­i­tants took place.

In 2013, some seven mil­i­tants of the banned group broke the wall of a wash­room and es­caped from Khandwa Jail, around 280km from Bhopal. SIMI was out­lawed in 2001. In­dia says the or­ga­ni­za­tion has links with Is­lamic mil­i­tant groups. The govern­ment also blames the banned mil­i­tant group for blasts in Mum­bai in 2003 in which at least 50 peo­ple were killed, a claim de­nied by SIMI. Xin­hua

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