Bhopal: A day after eight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged police encounter following a daring prison break here, their families have decided to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a CBI probe into what they dubbed as “cold-blooded murders”.
“The families of the deceased have come to me and are weeping inconsolably for justice. We are going to move the MP High Court for a CBI probe into the entire incident,” lawyer Parvez Alam told PTI.
Families of slain SIMI operatives to move high court seeking CBI probe into encounter
Eight Simi operatives who are gunned down by police in an encounter.
“It is surprising that the authorities are claiming that the accused climbed the 32 feet boundary wall of the jail. Is this possible?” he asked.
Police has claimed that the accused from the banned outfit were yesterday killed in an encounter hours after they escaped from the high-security Central jail where they had slit the throat of a security guard and scaled the wall using bedsheets between 2 AM and 3 AM.
Alam described the encounter as “fake” and said, “The TV grabs show police and ATS firing. There is no evidence that the accused fired.”
“This is a fake encounter and (these are) cold blooded murders,” Alam claimed.
He said Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary had last night told media that the accused made keys to open their lock up with tooth brushes.
“Can someone open the keys of high security Bhopal Central Jail that has earned an ISO certificate with keys made of tooth brushes,” he wondered.
“What lie these authorities are speaking,” he said. “Our first course of action after the funeral of the accused killed in the encounter is to move the HC for justice,” he added.
The kin of the seven accused have already reached Bhopal to receive their bodies and take them to their place for burial, Alam said.
He said that no one has yet claimed the body of Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Solapur in Maharashtra.
Family members of accused Sheikh Mujeeb are taking his body to Ahmedabad, while Abdul Majid’s mortal remains are being taken to Mahidpur area in Ujjain district of MP, he said.
Bodies of the rest–Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Aqueel Khilji– all hailing from MP’s Khandwa district are being taken to their homes, Alam added.
SIMI jailbreak: Video clips on social networks cast doubts over encounter
As Bhopal police killed eight SIMI operatives after ‘jailbreak’, several video clips going viral on social media have questioned the authenticity of the encounter.
Also contradictory statements from within the state governments has made the matters more confusing.
Eight SIMI operatives on Monday fled from high security Bhopal Central Jail after killing a guard.
A video clip from the encounter shows a policeman shooting a man from a point blank range after being provoked by the crowd around, says a report in Times of India.
In another video clip, a policeman is seen taking out a knife like weapon from the pocket of a dead operative.
Earlier, a villager went on camera claiming that the ‘terrorists’ attacked the police with stones before they were killed by a joint team of police and ATS.
An ATS member had also claimed that there was weapons on the fleeing terrorists but stones.
However, this was contradicted by IG Police Yogesh Choudhary who claimed that the SIMI activists were in possession of firearms and live cartridges.
When asked about the video clips of the purported encounter, Choudhary said those footages would be probed.