With eight suspected SIMI operatives escaping from Bhopal Central Jail, experts have said jailers must understand the psyche of the remaining incarcerated suspects to prevent any further such instance.
Twenty-nine suspected SIMI men were lodged at the jail.
“Sources have revealed that all the 29 SIMI men had plans to escape. Maybe if all of them had escaped, the damage would have been worse. Thus, we need to deal with the remaining prisoners in an intelligent manner,” senior psychologist Dr Vinay Mishra said.
“To know about their organisation, the reason of their escape, and what keeps them going, the police and interrogating experts have to be very patient. There have been theories like Stockholm Syndrome in the past which have helped the police get into the minds of the suspects. So, the more friendly the officers get with these prisoners, the higher are the chances of knowing their intentions,” he said.
Mishra, who has been researching criminal psychology for several years, suggested two tests that the authorities can conduct on the prisoners.
“The 16 Personality Profile Test and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory will help know the psychology of these men in a pathological manner. We can understand their personalities through these tests which can be then followed by polygraph tests,” he said.
Psychiatrist Dr Vaibhav Gupta said, “Hardcore criminals can manipulate interrogators, therefore all their activities should be observed and assessed regularly, without letting them know.”