Rivals try to ambush BJP after Bhopal encounter

"If they ran away and after that the police killed them in an encounter, there is no need to politicise the incident", he added. Later in the day, after the encounter, he said, "The police have said there was crossfire and they had no choice but to kill".

Swamy said the BJP earned accolades from all quarters post the surgical strikes which frightened the opposition parties.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh yesterday questioned the authenticity of the encounter video. In the video, a policeman is seen pumping a single shot into a man from close range after being instigated by people around him, while a cop in mufti takes out a blade-like object from the pocket of another dead man lying on the ground. They are the ones who murdered Shiv Prasad Kushwaha.

"I am pained to see the kind of politics being played out". Saying that it is legal for the Police to fire at unsafe criminals if they tried escaped, Sanjeev Shami added, "It is well settled in law when police can use force and take life". More importantly, since the police have denied shooting the video, it raises another pertinent question as to who shot the video at the encounter spot.

The kin of the seven accused have already reached Bhopal to receive their bodies and take them to their place for burial, Alam said.

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The IG's statement was contradicted by the IG ATS who led the operations.

After an eight-hour search, police said, the terrorists were cornered in a village, Achapura, about 30 km north of Bhopal. "Three of our men had injuries from sharp weapons".

Irrespective of whether the terror suspects were armed, or if that amount of ammunition was required to neutralize the terrorists, the attire (jeans, T-shirt, belts) of the undertrials on the run suggests that they had assistance from outside the jail.

Just after a few hours of encountering 8 SIMI terrorist escaped from Bhopal Central prison, Intelligence agencies have tipped-off that all the terrorists may be used by underground cadres of the banned outfit to provoke Muslims against the BJP government at the Centre as well as in Madhya Pradesh. "For obvious reasons, it is a common notion that the SIMI operatives could have never breached the security of Central Jail without any local help", The Times of India had quoted Chouhan as saying. Another report in The Indian Express said that according to the latest data on prisons by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2015, there is a vacancy of 33 percent among prison guards and 36 percent among officers.

"Besides, I had a talk with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh because these terrorists have links not only in the state but in India and the world", Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

  • Michelle Webb