<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated security forces after they killed the eight SIMI operatives who escaped from jail on Monday. “I want to congratulate our forces, but we are looking at this very seriously. Prisoners escaping is a serious matter, ” the CM said. Singh added that NIA would investigate the jailbreak to see how the prisoners had escaped. “I spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, I spoke about how NIA should carry out the investigation in the matter. The Home Minister agreed,” he said.Congress leader Kamal Nath said, “Now we can’t get any information as all of them died. There should be a judicial probe to know how they escaped.”The eight SIMI activists, who pulled off a daring prison break and escaped in the wee hours on Monday after killing a security guard at the Bhopal Central Jail, were hunted down and killed in a police encounter on the city outskirts. All the eight activists were killed by Bhopal Police at Malikheda on the city outskirts, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told PTI. CM Chouhan said that locals played a crucial role in locating the fugitives. “They updated us about the location and all other info,” he said.Acting on the leads provided by locals, the cops tracked them down to Malikheda, where they were encircled and killed when they tried to challenge the police.Daring escapeThe activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India had managed to escape around 2-3 AM after killing a jail security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets, DIG Bhopal Raman Singh said. The activists were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said.Soon after the incident, the state government on Monday released their sketches and suspended four officials including Jail Superintendent Akhilesh Tomar. It had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh each on the heads of the activists.The Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Madhya Pradesh government on the jail break whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents.Second major jail break by SIMI operativesThis is the second major jail break by operatives of banned SIMI in three years after the sensational escape by seven members of the group from a jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.The central security agencies were particularly anxious as four of the seven SIMI activities, who escaped from a jail in Khandwa October 1, 2013, could be arrested only after three years and during the period of their hiding, the militants were involved in multiple incidents of terror and a bank robbery. While in hiding, the SIMI men were allegedly involved in terror activities in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. SIMI was banned by the government in 2001.

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NIA to probe Bhopal jailbreak; locals helped locate escaped SIMI operatives, says MP CM Chouhan