NEW DELHI, 2 Nov: After observing the subsequent move of Madhya Pradesh Police encounter, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notices to the state government , police and prison authorities over the killings.
The commission has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports in the matter and hinted out that it has always been “concerned” about deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action. The NHRC has asked to submit detailed reports from MP’s chief secretary , director general of police and the director general and inspector general of state prison department.
Eight activists of banned Students Islamic Movement of India were gunned down in a combined operation by the ATS and Bhopal police after the prisoners escaped from a high-security jail after killing a guard on Tuesday.
Three of these eight under trial prisoners had escaped three years back also from the Khandwa jail and were nabbed again in the state of Odisha, this year. The SIMI operatives were charged under various crimes including murder, sedition, jail break and bank robberies,” it said.
The incident has sparked a raging controversy with the government and the opposition parties locked in a war of words over the issue. Raising doubts, Congress and Left parties have demanded a judicial probe into the incident.