BHOPAL: While Madhya Pradesh Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) is yet to file a chargesheet in the 2013-Khandwa jailbreak incident, three of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members who were re-arrested after much efforts, made another second successful escape bid on Monday morning after killing a security guard and scaling the wall of the so-called ‘high-security’ prison in the state capital using bed sheets. This time they took along five other SIMI members with them. The Modus operandi was exactly the same.
A nationwide alert+ has been sounded. Most of them were charged with terror and other heinous crimes as members of the organization are linked to home-grown terror outfits like the Indian Mujahedeen with cases registered in Maharasthra, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh among other states.
“Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3am by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told media. They slit the guard’s throat with a steel plate and glass after overpowering him, he said.
The Union home ministry has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to send a detailed report about the jail break, whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents.
SIMI members who escaped have been identified as – Mohammad Aqeel Khilji alias Abdullah s/o Mohammad Yusuf, Mehboob Guddu alias Malik s/o Ismail of Khandwa (MP), Mohammad Khalid Ahmad s/o Mohammad Saleem of Siolapur Maharashtra, Mujeeb Sheikh alias Akram alias Wasim alias Nawed alias Nitin alias Faizan alias Chintoo alias Yusuf s/o Zamkl Ahmad resident of Juhapura (Ahmedabad) Gujarat, Amzad s/o Ramzan Khan, Zakir Hussein Sheikh alias Vicky don alias Vinay Kumar s/o Badalul Hussein and Abdul Majid s/o Mohammad Yusuf of Ujjain (MP)
“Abu Faisal could not escape this time as he was in the separate barrack. Or it seems he was not interested,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity.