Bhopal SIMI encounter: She came to meet son, found his body instead
She had booked her train ticket from hometown Ahmedabad well in advance — to meet her son on the occasion of Bhai Dooj on Tuesday when authorities in the Bhopal central jail allow woman visitors.bhopal Updated: Nov 02, 2016 10:08 IST
She had booked her train ticket from hometown Ahmedabad well in advance — to meet her son on the occasion of Bhai Dooj on Tuesday when authorities in the Bhopal central jail allow woman visitors.
The middle-aged mother’s anticipated meeting, called ‘khuli mulaqat’ in prison parlance, didn’t happen in the jail’s visiting area. She met her son Mujeeb Sheikh in the mortuary of a hospital.
“Police killed him in a fake encounter. We want a judicial or a CBI inquiry. But will that happen, I doubt. And does it matter now; my son will not come back…,” she said, dressed in a jet-black burqa as she fought her emotions to retain her composure.
Mujeeb was among eight prisoners gunned down on Monday after they escaped in a daring jailbreak.
“Last time when I saw my son on Eid this September, he told me that next time I visit him, I should get some of his favourite dishes. He was a very intelligent boy; he was a software engineer. But he is no more now,” his mother said.
Accompanied by her husband Jamil Ahmed Sheikh, she collected the son’s cold corpse from the mortuary.
The parents along with families of those killed in the alleged shootout approached lawyer Naeem Khan with a raft of unanswered questions.
“How did the eight get fresh sports shoes and jeans that they were wearing when police killed them? How did they escape undetected from a special cell where 20-25 men guard them round-the-clock and cameras keep an eye on every movement?” Khan asked.
Mujeeb, a suspected member of the Indian Mujahideen militant group, was arrested in June 2011. He was accused of having a role in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, planting bombs in Surat and training jihadi recruits.