SIMI activists' encounter: Angry BJP asks why only security personnel are questioned

News Agencies | First published: 1 November 2016, 11:53 IST
SIMI activists' encounter: Angry BJP asks why only security personnel are questioned

An exasperated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 1 November wondered why there a need to question the nation's law enforcement agencies over the elimination of eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) "terrorists" who broke out of the Bhopal Central Jail on 31 October morning.

It said that political parties should raise the morale of the police for their achievement, rather than always placing them in the witness box of scrutiny.

Lashing out at the Opposition, BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao told ANI, "You have parties indulging in cheap politics and targeting the security forces rather than praising them. We are facing terrorism threats from both across the border and within and the Congress and other parties are indulging in political opportunism."

Defending its action to open fire on the eight SIMI activists, the Madhya Pradesh Police asserted that the escapees were neutralised in 'retaliatory' fire, adding that the suspects have been continuously perpetrating serious offences and also killed police constables in 2008 and 2011.

Bhopal Inspector General of Police Yogesh Chaudhry said, "We garnered all possible resources and launched search and patrol parties after we got intelligence that around 7-8 people were seen by locals. It was difficult to locate them as the unequal terrain was a disadvantage, but soon our team was fired upon when we challenged the suspects."

Following the encounter, all eight suspects were found dead and with weapons, including knives and local-made pistols on their bodies.

Talking about the row over the unverified encounter video - that has now become viral - where the cops are seen opening fire on the escapees, the top cop said he will look into its veracity.