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Eight SIMI activists were unarmed during Bhopal encounter, says ATS chief

Mr. Shami's statement contradicts the accounts of various senior officers and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupinder Singh that though they were unarmed during the jailbreak, they were having weapons during the confrontation.

Madhya Pradesh’s anti-terror squad chief Sanjeev Shami said that the eight activists of banned SIMI were unarmed when Police shot them down in Bhopal.

He was speaking to NDTV when he made shocking revelations.  “It is well settled in law when police can use force and take life. These men were dreaded criminals. If the police sees the possibility that such men can escape, they can use maximum force.” Sanjeev Shami added.

National Human Rights Commission has sought an explanation from the Madhya Pradesh Police and the state government whether the eight undertrials who had escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail were shot in cold blood.

That is what is suggested in a series of videos that show the shooting of the men, who all appear unarmed, at close range in the village where they were found after breaking out of Bhopal’s maximum-security Central Jail.

Mr. Shami’s statement contradicts the accounts of various senior officers and  Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupinder Singh that though they were unarmed during the jailbreak, they were having weapons during the confrontation.

“Even if the police are not being fired at, they can use such force,” said Mr Shami told NDTV.

Post Mortem reports show that gunned undertrials were shot in the head,chest…etc.  Forensic experts are to examine within what range the prisoners were shot.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has turned down criticisms and questions over the credibility of the encounter. He had also warned the SIMI activists were planning for a major attack.

 

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