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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 31:

A high alert has been sounded in Odisha after eight members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped from a jail in Bhopal in the wee hours today after killing a jail security guard.

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“We have issued a high alert in the state. Airport, railway stations and other places of importance have been put on alert. We are in constant touch and coordinating with Madhya Pradesh counterparts. We are on alert as some of their activities are here,” Odisha DGP KB Singh told media persons here.

Notably, this is the second such incident in three years where the members of the banned outfit had attempted jail break. Seven members of the group had escaped from a jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.

“We got this information about 4.30 am-5.00 am that eight SIMI terrorists have escaped after jail break from Central Jail in Bhopal. We have issued an alert across the state and sealed exit points. We are trying to arrest them as soon as possible. Somewhere, there are lapses on the part of jail authorities. Four jail officials have been suspended,” DG of Bhopal Central Jail said.

Meanwhile, the Additional Director General Jail has been directed to look into the security lapses.

“Eight undertrials have escaped from the jail after brutally killing a jail staff Ramashankar Yadav between 2 am and 3 am. Besides, one more staff was found injured and with limbs tied. They were tried for bank robberies, murders and sedition among other,” Yogesh Choudhury, IG of Bhopal zone said.

They have been identified as Sheikh Mujeeb alias Naved, Khalid Ahmed Muddaley, Abdul Majid, Aqueel, Md Shaleek alias Sallu, Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq, Sheikh Mehboob, Amjad alias Driver alias Pappu Seikh. Among them, four were arrested from Rourkela in February last year.