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All eight SIMI terrorists who escaped from Bhopal jail gunned down in encounter

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Bhopal: Security forces today gunned down all the eight Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terrorists in Madhya Pradesh hours after they had escaped from prison, reports said.

They were killed in an encounter jointly conducted by Bhopal Police’s counter terrorist group (CTG) and Anti-terror squad (ATS), led by IPS officer Sanjeev Shami, local media reported.
The operation took place near Manikheda area under Gunga police station, after villagers informed the police about the terrorists.

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“When they were confronted by a few of the villagers, they started pelting stones. Villagers mistook them as robbers and alerted the police. When they were asked to surrender, they opened fire forcing police to retaliate,” a senior police official Yogesh Chaudhary was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Two police officers were also injured in the encounter.

Officials are now trying to identity the people who helped these eight to escape.

Earlier on Monday morning, all the eight terrorists fled jail after murdering a prison guard.

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They used bed-sheets to scale the high security prison walls.

Three among the eight had been re-arrested after they were involved in a similar jail-break in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, three years ago.

Five prison officers have also been suspended for negligence of duty by state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who termed it as an ‘unfortunate incident’.

The Union Home Minister too has asked for a detailed report from the state government.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister said that NIA will probe the SIMI jail break case, media reported.

Image Courtesy: Dainik Bhaskar

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