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NIA will not take up Bhopal SIMI ‘encounter’

The Investigation Agency (NIA) will not probe the encounter killing of the suspected Students of Islamic Movement of (SIMI) operatives, who escaped from the Central Jail earlier this week.

According to sources, NIA can investigate the case only if the MP Police find evidence that the SIMI operatives were being helped by a terror group from outside or were supplied arms or other assistance during or before the encounter.

Despite demands for a probe into the encounter, the state government refused to order an NIA probe into it as it believes the encounter to be genuine. The state government has, however, expressed intentions to hand over the jailbreak probe to the NIA.

The Government has ordered a judicial probe into the encounter of eight SIMI operatives, which escaped from the Central Jail.

The High had issued a notice to the state government on Wednesday seeking a detailed report on the encounter.

Chief Minister had earlier announced a NIA probe into the incident. However, Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had said that there is no need of any probe into the encounter.

Eight SIMI operatives had escaped on Sunday night from central jail after killing security guard Ramashankar Yadav.

They were gunned down later. Social activists and political parties have raised several questions regarding the incident.