The Madhya Pradesh police has sounded a security alert across the state to avert communal disturbance and terrorist attack in the wake of the gunning down of eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped prisoners by police on Monday.
According to inspector general of police (IG law and order) Makrand Deuskar all 51 districts have been put on heightened alert.
Police in all districts have been asked to be prepared with anti-riot drills and keep the reserve force ready to deal with any exigencies.
“The cops have also been directed to promptly act in cases pertaining to posting of offensive religious content or anything pertaining to the October 31 jail break or the subsequent encounter,” Deuskar told Hindustan Times.
Police are also keeping a round-the-clock eye all sorts of pamphlets being issued by certain sections since the October 31 episode.
There has been some alleged discontent among Muslims in the state following the killing of the eight.
Thousands of people in mosques across the state offered special prayers on Friday for the departed souls. But, in Bhopal, Muslims were not happy because they were initially denied to hold a post jumma namaz meeting at Iqbal Maidan. The district administration had also turned off loud speakers at the Tarjume wali masjid in old Bhopal.
Based on intelligence input, additional forces have been rushed to Malwa and Nimar regions to avert any untoward incident. There are reports of several street corner meetings in different parts of Khandwa and Ujjain districts.
Meanwhile, mobile phones of some officials of Bhopal Central Jail have now been put under surveillance. Call details records of some of the jail staff have also been collected by the different investigation teams, and are being scrutinised.
“Involvement of some of the staff in the jail break is slowly getting exposed,” one of the officials said, adding that some of the jail staff were interrogated by different agencies in the last 24 hours.
Some of the police personnel, believed to be part of the operation which eliminated the SIMI operatives, have reportedly gone off duty, and could not be contacted.