The cloud of an extra-judicial killing which was looming over the Bhopal encounter has now strengthened into something more solid.
In the early hours of Monday, eight SIMI activists were gunned down after they had supposedly escaped from Bhopal Central Jail. The Madhya Pradesh Police have paraded multiple versions of whether the “escapees” had weapons on them or not necessitating the alleged encounter, the authenticity of which is under serious question. Audio clips from the state police control room of that day prove that the police could have arrested them instead of shooting them dead in cold blood, according to a report in Catchnews.com.
Here are the audio clips:
Police said they escaped after allegedly killing a head constable. Some senior officers said they were armed while others told a news channel that they were shot despite being unarmed.
According to the police narrative, the escaped convicts were later killed when they tried to put up a challenge near Malikheda in the outskirts of Bhopal.
Meanwhile, many have hinted the chances of being it a fake encounter citing the contradictions in police narratives and the leaked video and photographs. Opposition leaders including Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh have raised questions over the encounter and demanded a judicial probe into the issue.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had gone on the offensive against people who were doubting the encounter, saying the SIMI activists were planning for a major attack. BJP earlier criticized the opposition saying that the doubts were being raised by those who supported the “Bharat ki barbadi “slogans.
The Human Rights Commission has asked for a report on the incident within 15 days, while the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to investigate how the eight SIMI operatives escaped from Bhopal Central Jail.