Encounter of SIMI operatives in MP marred by contradictions

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New Delhi, Nov 1: If there are excesses it will be probed for sure, a senior official in New Delhi said about the encounter that took place in Madhya Pradesh in which 8 operatives of the Students Islamic Movement of India were killed. On Monday 8 operatives of the SIMI escaped from the Bhopal central jail after killing a guard.


A few hours later they were killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal. Questions are being raised whether the encounter was a bonafide one or not. While the Inspector General of Police, Bhopal, Yogesh Chaudhary said that the operatives were armed, Sanjeev Shami, the IG who led the operation said they were unarmed.


The 8 operatives who escaped on Monday were facing very serious charges. They were all accused on charges of terror. The police did act swiftly and manage to corner these persons in a matter of a few hours after their escape. However the statements that followed in the aftermath of the encounter have been contradictory and this has raised doubts.

As mentioned above the statements of the two senior police officials contradict each other. Chaudhary said that some police personnel had sustained injuries after the operatives opened fire. Shami however maintained that the operatives were unarmed and none of the police personnel sustained injuries.

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Another interesting aspect of this case is with the speed in which the operatives managed to change their clothes and flee. When they fled they were in prison uniform. They were unshaven. However at the encounter spot they were seen in different clothes and clean shaven. Some have questioned that in the midst of a grand escape how did they find time to change their clothes and even shave.

The case is likely to be probed by the National Investigation Agency. An officer with the NIA says that there are videos of the encounter. If asked to probe the matter we will go into the jail break and also the manner in which the encounter was carried out, the officer said.

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