SIMI Under-Trials’ Encounter: Contradictions Surface

It is surprising that eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists were killed within eight hours after the managed to escape from the high-security prison with the help of folded bedsheets and steel dinner plates as weapons.

They allegedly killed a security guard and fled into Malikheda, a village nearby before they were challenged by the police and eliminated without a trace to know what had happened. Justl like any Bollywood film, the entire episonde has been making round on all TV channels.

The killed SIMI activists were identified as Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the jailbreak.

But contradictions have already surfaced over the encounter. Madhya Pradesh IG of jails Yogesh Choudhary said the fleeing SIMI activists had firearms and opened fire at the police before they were killed but the home minister Bhupendra Singh said the undertrials used spoons and plates as weapons to attack the security personnel.

So, where did they get arms within few hours of time? Why did the police eliminate them instead of injuring them and taking them back into custody?

No wonder, the opposition Congress and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi have demanded a probe and raised questions on the encounter.



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