Eight members of the Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on the early hours of Monday. They were later killed in an encounter near Eintkhedi village. The Inspector General of Bhopal said “We located the 8 inmates, they fired on us, and all of them were killed in cross firing,”. The activists killed a head constable while escaping from jail. They fled by climbing the high wall using a rope made from bed sheets provided in jails.

They tied a constable and a killed another constable Ramashankar who tried to stop them, they escapted from B block of the jail, located on the outskirts of Bhopal. The activists were identified as — Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said. SIMI is a banned Islamist fundamentalist organisation that was formed in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, in April 1977.