MP govt rules out NIA probe into SIMI ‘encounter’
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will not probe the police shooting of eight under trial prisoners who escaped from a Bhopal jail. Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh said on Tuesday, despite persistent doubts the killings will not be looked into by the NIA, Hindustan Times has reported
Instead, the state government said the ‘encounter’ will be investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department, part of its own police force.
“The encounter is unquestionable and it will not be probed by NIA. They will investigate only the jail break and how it happened,” Singh told HT.
The eight men of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India had broken out of jail around 2am on Monday after killing one guard and holding another hostage.
Police said that the SIMI fugitives killed a jail guard with a spoon and held another prison staff member hostage for hours, before using bed sheets to climb out of the premises and managing to flee the heavily guarded prison. The incident happened, as claimed by cops, when the guards were changing the duty.
They were killed in an encounter at Acharpura village, about five kilometres north-west of Bhopal Central Jail.
Stating “discrepancies” in the statements made by the Madhya Pradesh government and state police over the killing of eight (Students Islamic Movement of India) SIMI activists in an encounter, Left parties on Tuesday sought a judicial probe into the episode, contending NIA inquiry will neither be “credible nor acceptable”.