It is a matter of concern over the killing of eight Simi men+ in Bhopal , demand for judicial enquiry said Dr. Anthony Raju , Advocate and Chairman , All India Council of Human Rights , Liberties and Social Justice (AICHLS)
We also express our  gratitude to National Human Rights Commission , taking cognisance of this grave incident , said Dr June Ann , President – Amnesty Worldwide movement (AWM)
He also stated that its a matter of serious issue of human rights violation , political parties must show retrain.
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NHRC issues notices to the Chief Secretary, DGP, DG (Prisons) & IG (Prisons), Government of Madhya Pradesh over killing of 8 under trial prisoners in an encounter with police (01.11.2016)
PRESS RELEASE
New Delhi, 1st November, 2016
The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that 8 SIMI under trial prisoners, who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail were killed in an encounter with police in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on the 31st October, 2016.
The Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and the DG & IG, Prisons, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Calling for detailed reports in the matter within 6 weeks.
The Commission has observed, it has always been concerned about the deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action. Specific guidelines have also been issued by it, which have been conveyed to all the States/UTs for compliance in the matters of encounter.
Reportedly, the under trial prisoners escaped the jail after killing a guard. Three of these under trial prisoners had escaped from the Khandwa jail three years back and were nabbed again in the State of Odisha, this year. The under trial were charged under various crimes including murder, sedition, jail break and bank robberies.
As per news report, all escaped prisoners were killed within hours in an encounter at an isolated forested area which is about 15 km from the jail. Senior officers have claimed that the police started firing only after being shot at by the accused. The police team had initially asked the escaped prisoners to surrender, as stated in the report. Five jail officials have been put under suspension including DIG (Jail) and the Jail Superintendent. The Additional DG(Jail) has been reportedly transferred.
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A day after eight Simi activists fled the Bhopal Central Jail and were subsequently traced and killed by Madhya Pradesh police in an encounter, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued on Tuesday 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 observed that it has always been “concerned” about deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action. The NHRC has sought detailed reports from MP’s chief secretary , director general of police and the director general and inspector general of state prison department.
“The Commission has always been concerned about the deaths in police and judicial custody as well as in police action. Specific guidelines have also been issued by it, which have been conveyed to all the statesUTs for compliance in the matters of encounter,” the NHRC said in a statement.
“Reportedly , the under trial prisoners escaped the jail after killing a guard. Three of these under trial prisoners had escaped from the Khandwa jail three years back and were nabbed again in the state of Odisha, this year. The under trials were charged under various crimes including murder, sedition, jail break and bank robberies,” it said.
“Senior officers have claimed the police started firing only after being shot at by the accused. The police team had initially asked the escaped prisoners to surrender, as stated in the report. Five jail officials have been put under suspension including DIG (Jail) and the Jail Superintendent. The Additional DG (Jail) has been reportedly transferred,” it added.
Eight Simi activists pulled off a daring prison break and escaped in the wee hours on Monday after killing a security guard at the Bhopal Central jail. Within hours, they were hunted down and killed in an alleged police encounter on the city outskirts.
The incident has kicked up 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 sought a judicial probe into the incident.
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