A day after eight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged police encounter following a daring prison break, their families have decided to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a CBI probe into what they dubbed as “cold-blooded murders”.
“The families of the deceased have come to me and are weeping inconsolably for justice. We are going to move the MP High Court for a CBI probe into the entire incident,” said lawyer Parvez Alam.
“It is surprising that the authorities are claiming that the accused climbed the 32 feet boundary wall of the jail. Is this possible?” he asked.
Police has claimed that the accused from the banned outfit were killed in an encounter hours after they escaped from the high-security Central jail where they had slit the throat of a security guard and scaled the wall using bedsheets between 2 AM and 3 AM.
Alam described the encounter as “fake” and said, “The TV grabs show police and ATS firing. There is no evidence that the accused fired.”
“This is a fake encounter and (these are) cold blooded murders,” Alam claimed.
He said Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary had last night told media that the accused made keys to open their lock up with tooth brushes.
“Can someone open the keys of high security Bhopal Central Jail that has earned an ISO certificate with keys made of tooth brushes,” he wondered.
“What lie these authorities are speaking,” he said.
Bodies are seen at what police described as the encounter site in Eintkhedi, located on a tableland. “Why did they (the eight suspects) move into an open space where they could not hide?” local Congress politician Arif Masood wondered.
Several Congress politicians and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP Asaduddin Owaisi questioned the ease of the jailbreak and the circumstances leading to the “encounter”, triggering a verbal joust with BJP spokespersons.
But even a BJP parliamentarian, former Union home secretary R.K. Singh, wondered “how can weapons reach them immediately after the jailbreak” although he blamed it on “local complicity” and congratulated the police.