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JAMAAT VOICE CONCERN ON JAILBREAK & ENCOUNTER OF 8 SIMI IN BHOPAL

Posted on 02 November 2016 by Webmaster JIH Maharashtra

1 NOVEMBER 2016

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), one of the prominent Muslim socio-religious organizations of India has voiced grave concern over the jailbreak and subsequent encounter of 8 SIMI activists by the police in Bhopal yesterday.

 

The Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer said that: “we are highly disturbed at the news of 8 SIMI activists being killed near Bhopal by the police. Some media reports are suggesting that it was a fake encounter as the entire episode raises a lot of uncomfortable questions like: Was it possible for the accused to scale over 30 feet high wall of the most secure jail in MP? How could they lay hands on weapons? Why are there contradictory statements from officials over whether SIMI operatives had weapons or not. How they got new clothes, watches and bands? If they had connections to get weapons, why couldn’t they get a vehicle to escape? Why no policeman was injured in the ‘encounter’? Why were the CCTVs not functioning? How all of them moved together rather than dispersing and couldn’t go further in eight hours”?

 

The JIH Secretary General continued: ‘’ according to the lawyer of the accused the case against his clients was very weak and there was every likelihood that they would be acquitted soon. If this was the case then they had no reason to escape from prison. The whole incident bears a deep resemblance to the custodial deaths of Khalid Mujahid, Qateel Siddiqui and Mohammed Waqas”.

 

Salim Engineer said that: ‘it is incorrect to state that we must not question the authenticity of the encounter as it would damage the morale of the police force. Rather, we must investigate how could terror accused escape from such a highly secure jail as the Bhopal Central Jail. We demand a high level enquiry under the supervision of the Supreme Court to bring out all the facts about the jail break and the encounter.”

 

Issued by Media Department

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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