Houses of 10 warders and an assistant jailor of Bhopal Central Jail were searched for around three hours by the police on Monday indicating there could be more “facilitators” who had betrayed confidential information and extended assistance to the slain Islamist undertrials.
The eight SIMI operatives, facing trial in at least 23 cases, had jumped the ISO-certified Bhopal Central Jail early on October 31 before they were tracked and gunned down by the police near Khijradev village.
The police searched houses of 10 warders at Bhopal’s Jail Line locality. All the officials either were on duty during the jailbreak or had duties around the time of the crime. The statements of all the officials were recorded. The police are also trying to gather call details of all the officials to get obtain any information related to the jailbreak.
Superintendent of police (north Bhopal) Arvind Saxena said: “The search operation was carried out to get a clue in the jailbreak case. The basic objective was to collect clues – any incriminating documents, suspicious material or anything which would indicate that somebody had helped the SIMI undertrials. However, the police have not found any suspicious thing, but investigation is on.”
The police are also carrying out searches for the people who visited the jail.
The route taken by the slain operatives from the Bhopal jail to reach Manikhedi in connection to the dramatic jailbreak was also searched.
Earlier, the investigators had indicated that at least two staffers, including a high-ranking official of the Bhopal Central Jail, and two convicts were reportedly being investigated for their possible role in the October 31 jailbreak.
Sources privy to the investigations confirmed that the incumbent official was the “main facilitator” of the SIMI men. They said the police have also prepared a list of warders and jail officers who had the chance to help the undertrials to escape.
On Monday, CID has also interrogated four villagers in connection to an encounter.