Bhopal: The eight alleged members of banned outfit Sutdents Ismlamic Movement of India (SIMI) who were gunned down hours after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail were each shot at least twice, some of them in the back, NDTV reported cig post-mortem reports.
The post-mortem reports also said that there were multiple entry and exit wounds on their bodies and that majority of the wounds were above waist.
Soon after the killing, questions were raised by the Congress, CPI-M, AIMIM and AAP besides leading Muslim NGOs including Jamiat-e-Ulema regarding the contradictions in the official version of the incident.
Casting doubts over the police killing they demanded Supreme Court monitored high level probe into the incident.
In yet another development in the case, Madhya Pradesh ATS Chief reiterated that the SIMI men killed in the alleged encounter were unarmed.
Sanjeev Shami said he was aware that since he first declared the men who were killed were unarmed two days ago, other police and government officers have contradicted him. He said he stood by his account.
"It is well settled in law when police can use force and take life. These men were dreaded criminals. If the police sees the possibility that such men can escape, they can use maximum force", Shami said.
According to the police, the alleged SIMI members - Sheikh Mujeeb, Majid Khalid, Akeel, Khilchi, Zakir Salikh, Mehboob and Amjad, had broken the gates of their cell and scaled the jail walls using bedspreads. They also killed security guard Ramashankar Yadav by slitting his throat.
“Eight inmates related to the SIMI escaped from Bhopal Central Jail between 2 to 3 a.m. today. They used their blankets to make a rope and crossed the bigger wall of the jail.
"They also killed one security guard Ramashankar Yadav. All of them were accused of various crimes such as bank robbery, murder, and sedition," Bhopal Inspector General of Police Yogesh Choudhary told reporters.
According to the police, the SIMI men were killed in cross-fire about 30 km north of Bhopal, within 10 hours of the jailbreak.
Three of those who escaped from Bhopal jail are the same who escaped from Khandwa prison in 2013. They were later caught by the Telangana police.
After news of the escape, the Madhya Pradesh Police sounded a high alert through the state. State borders were sealed immediately.
Security was tightened and a search operation launched to nab the terrorists, Singh said.