Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): All eight terrorists of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who broke out of Bhopal Central Jail after killing a guard, has been killed by the Madhya Pradesh police today near Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhoopendra Singh told media persons today that all the eight SIMI activists, who escaped from jail, killed in police encounter at Malikheda near Bhopal.
According to police, within 10 hours of the jailbreak, the terrorists were killed in cross-fire about 30 km north of Bhopal.
The SIMI men had escaped Bhopal Central Jail between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Monday, after scaling the walls of jail and killing a guard. They took another guard hostage, state Home Minister Bhoopendra Singh told reporters earlier on Monday.
The men had broken the gates of their cell and scaled the jail walls using bedspreads.
The names of seven of the SIMI terrorists are: Sheikh Mujeeb, Majid Khalid, Akeel, Khilchi, Zakir Salikh, Mehboob and Amjad.
Four among them were notorious criminals involved in dacoity, loot and treason. They had earlier escaped from Khandwa Jail and were later arrested from Odisha, police said.
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After news of the escape, the Madhya Pradesh Police sounded a high alert through the state. State borders were sealed immediately.