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Jamaat-e-Islami voices concern over killing of SIMI undertrials in Bhopal

AMN / New Delhi/

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) today voiced grave concern over the killing of eight SIMI undertrial activists in an ‘encounter’ by the police in Bhopal.

simi-activists-bhopal“We are highly disturbed at the news of 8 undertrial prisoners being killed near Bhopal by the police. Some media reports are suggesting that it was a fake encounter as the entire episode raises a lot of uncomfortable questions like: Was it possible for the accused to scale over 30 feet high wall of the most secure jail in MP? How could they lay hands on weapons? Why are there contradictory statements from officials over whether prisoners had weapons or not. How they got new clothes, watches and bands? If they had connections to get weapons, why couldn’t they get a vehicle to escape? Why no policeman was injured in the ‘encounter’? Why were the CCTVs not functioning? How all of them moved together rather than dispersing and couldn’t go further in eight hours”? asked Muhammad Salim Engineer , the Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

The JIH Secretary General continued, “according to the lawyer of the accused the case against his clients was very weak and there was every likelihood that they would be acquitted soon. If this was the case then they had no reason to escape from prison. The whole incident bears a deep resemblance to the custodial deaths of Khalid Mujahid, Qateel Siddiqui and Mohammed Waqas”.

Salim Engineer said, ‘it is incorrect to state that we must not question the authenticity of the encounter as it would damage the morale of the police force. Rather, we must investigate how could terror accused escape from such a highly secure jail as the Bhopal Central Jail. We demand a high level enquiry under the supervision of the Supreme Court to bring out all the facts about the jail break and the encounter.”

Mayawati for judicial probe into SIMI activists killings

Lucknow/ AMN

MayawatiBSP Supremo Mayawati today demanded a judicial probe into the police “encounter” on the outskirts of Bhopal in which eight SIMI members were killed.

She said the events leading to the escape of the undertrials from the Bhopal Central Jail and the subsequent shootout on Monday had raised many questions.

There were contradictory statements emanating from Madhya Pradesh, she said in a statement.

While it was being said that the terrorists were unarmed and were apparently trying to talk and surrender, they were still killed, the Bahujan Samaj Party leader said.

“Prima facie the matter appears to be very suspicious and only a judicial probe can answer these doubts,” she said.

She alleged that use of police force for furthering its political agenda was not new to BJP-ruled states and pointed out that attempts to hush up the Vyapam scam showed the Madhya Pradesh Police in poor light.