Bhopal: In a daring jailbreak, eight terrorists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped from Bhopal Central Jail early this morning after killing a security guard and scaling the prison wall using bed sheets. The Union home ministry has sought a detailed report from the Madhya Pradesh government.
“Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3am by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI.
They slit the guard’s throat with a steel plate and glass after overpowering him, the DIG said.
A hunt is on to nab the terrorists.
The terrorists have been identified as Mujib Shekh, Majid, Aqueel, Khalid, Jakir, Mehboob Shekh, Amjad and Md Shalik.
This is not the first time SIMI terrorists have escaped from jail in Madhya Pradesh. Among these eight terrorists, Jakir, Mehboob Shekh, Amjad had fled in 2013 as well.
In 2013, seven terror suspects from SIMI cut the iron bars of a Khandwa jail’s bathroom window and escaped after stabbing two security guards. They stole rifles and wireless sets.
The central security agencies were particularly anxious as four of the seven SIMI activities, who escaped from a jail in Khandwa October 1, 2013, could be arrested only after three years and during the period of their hiding, the militants were involved in multiple incidents of terror and a bank robbery.
The seven SIMI men had made an audacious escape from the district jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh after scaling a 14-foot wall.
While one prisoner surrendered the next day and another was caught in December 2013 from Barwani in Madhya Pradesh. A third was killed in an encounter with Telangana Police on April 5, 2015 but the four continued to evade police for three years till their arrest in February 2016 in Rourkela in Odisha.
While in hiding, the SIMI men were allegedly involved in terror activities in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
The group is suspected to be involved in a bank robbery in Karimnagar (Telangana) on February 1, 2014, blast in a Bangalore-Guwahati train at the Chennai Central station that killed a young software engineer, on May 1, 2014 and the July 10, 2014 explosion near Faraskhana and Vishrambag police stations in Pune.
They were also allegedly involved in explosions in Roorkee in Uttarakhand and in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh