Bhopal: Eight alleged members of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were killed in an encounter by Madhya Pradesh police on Monday, said officials.
The men had earlier escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail in the capital city of Bhopal early morning on Monday. The men had broken the gates of their cell and scaled the jail walls using bedspreads. According to police, 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 police, the SIMI men were killed in cross-fire about 30 km north of Bhopal, within 10 hours of the jailbreak.
The names of seven of the alleged SIMI members are: Sheikh Mujeeb, Majid Khalid, Akeel, Khilchi, Zakir Salikh, Mehboob and Amjad.
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.