The 8 SIMI inmates that managed to escape from Bhopal jail owe it all to the non working of jail CCTV cameras.
Surveillance cameras inside Bhopal’s central jail weren’t working and may have helped eight alleged Islamic radicals to escape, sources said on Tuesday, as investigation into the daring jail break gathered pace.
The eight suspected members of the Students Islamic Movement of India were gunned down in an alleged encounter hours after they used knotted bedsheets to climb out of prison after killing a guard. The National Investigation Agency and the Intelligence Bureau are probing the incident.
Jail officials haven’t commented on the CCTV surveillance as five officials were already removed from duty and the new team had just taken over. Sudhir Sahi, a 1988 batch IPS officer, took over as the new additional director general of prisons on Monday evening. Sahi was not available for comments.
But sources said the alleged SIMI operatives knew about the non-functional cameras. Former director general of police Nandan Dubey, who has been appointed by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to investigate into the incident, is also likely to look into the CCTV issue.
Police said the eight men escaped from jail around 2am on Monday after killing a guard and holding another hostage. They then used knotted bedsheets to fashion a rope and climbed out of the prison. Hours later, they were shot dead by police when they allegedly fired at the forces.
But activists have sought a probe after a video clip purportedly showing policeman shooting at an apparently injured fugitive lying on a flat-topped rock raised doubts about the authenticity of the encounter.
Experts say the CCTV not being fully functional in the state’s most-secure jail indicates a severe lapse in security mechanism, especially after sources confirmed that SIMI inmates fashioned duplicate keys of their cells from metal tongue cleaners.
Courtesy: The Hindustan Times