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SIMI encounter: Opposition demands probe, BJP defends police action

By PTI
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New Delhi, Oct 31: Congress and other opposition parties today demanded a judicial probe into the killing of 8 SIMI terrorists in an encounter after their escape from Bhopal Central jail.

While Congress and CPI-M sought a judicial probe so people get to know the truth, the BJP questioned Congress for coming in support of SIMI terrorists and accused it of politicising the incident.

SIMI encounter: Opp demands probe

"I am demanding a judicial probe because even the government must know under what circumstances they escaped. People of the state and country must know how terrorists with with such a record were able to escape from such a high security jail and within hours caught and shot dead," Congress leader Kamal Nath, a Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh, said.

His party colleague Manish Tewari, however, said he would comment on the issue after more details are received since the situation is still evolving. "It is an evolving situation. Let the police come out with further details as to what happened. We will await for the details. It's much better to wait for more details," he said.

CPI-M's Brinda Karat termed the official version of the incident as "highly dubious and suspicious". She said the versions of state government and police were "contradictory".

"Therefore, to get to the truth, it is essential to have an independent probe under a high court judge and should be time-bound because nobody can believe what seems to be a highly manufactured version," she said.

Karat said those killed were undertrials and dubbing them as terrorists amounted to "subverting the law".

Read More: 8 SIMI operatives who escaped from Bhopal jail killed in encounter

Coming out in defence of the police action, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao accused the Congress of batting for terrorists belonging to SIMI the way it had done for LeT in the past. "I don't think why Congress wants to speak up for such individuals. Politicising the encounter is certainy not a done thing. But Congress party has done this for a long time.

"Looking at the way Congress is politicising the encounter, and that too concerning the particular group or organisation, is a matter of concern. Congress seems to raise concern only when LeT terrorists are killed and when SIMI activists who are convicted and involved in jailbreak. Congress party springing to their defence raises curiosity," he said.

PTI

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