8 SIMI members kill security guard; jump Bhopal Central jail
Eight members of the Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) have escaped from the Bhopal Central jail after killing a security guard on duty, The Indian Express has reported.
“Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3 am by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh reportedly told a news agency.
As per initial reports, they used a rope made out of bed sheets to climb the wall of the jail around 3-4 am in the morning. The whole city is being cordoned off by the police to nab the escaped militants.
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They killed the guard by slitting his throat with steel plate and glass after overpowering him, the DIG said.
The SIMI is a banned Islamist fundamentalist organisation that was formed in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, in April 1977.
In October, 2013, seven SIMI activists had escaped from Khandwa district prison after stabbing two security guards and snatching rifles.
Further details are awaited.