A day after eight alleged SIMI operatives escaped Bhopal prison and were killed in an police encounter, families of the deceased have approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a CBI probe into the ‘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, reported PTI.
“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.
The police claimed that the imprisoned individuals slit the throat of a security guard and scaled the prison wall using bedsheets to escape between 2 AM and 3 AM on Monday.
“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,” claimed Parvez Alam. He said, Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary had last night told media that the accused made keys with tooth brushes to pick the lock.
“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 lies are these authorities speaking,” he said. “Our first course of action after the funeral of the accused killed in the encounter is to move the HC for justice,” he added.
The kin of the seven accused have already reached Bhopal to receive their bodies and take them to their place for burial, Alam said. He said that no one has yet claimed the body of Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Solapur in Maharashtra. Family members of accused Sheikh Mujeeb are taking his body to Ahmedabad, while Abdul Majid’s mortal remains are being taken to Mahidpur area in Ujjain district of MP, he said.
Bodies of the rest – Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Aqueel Khilji – all hailing from MP’s Khandwa district are being taken to their homes, Alam added.