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MP govt extends term of judicial commission on SIMI encounter

bhopal Updated: Feb 07, 2017 12:52 IST
Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh

Police personnel guarding outside Bhopal Central Jail after 8 SIMI members escaped on October 31, 2016 in Bhopal. The STF killed them in an encounter later.(PTI photo)

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government has extended the term of the judicial commission which is probing the jailbreak and encounter of eight alleged SIMI men in Bhopal that took place on October 31, by six months.

The commission was supposed to conduct and complete the inquiry in a period of three months. On February 6, the duration of three months was completed.

After the high drama on Saturday evening when the irked SIMI judicial commission chief Justice (retd) SK Pandey left the circuit house in Bhopal, where he was staying, with his baggage and boarded an auto, the senior officials of the government went to pacify him. He finally agreed to return to his office and continue his inquiry, said official sources.

In the first week of November, the state government had issued a notification for instituting a judicial inquiry into the jailbreak and the alleged encounter, with Justice (retd) SK Pandey heading the one man inquiry commission. According to the terms of reference for the inquiry, it had to be completed in within three months and the report had to be submitted to the state government.

The inquiry is looking into under what circumstances eight SIMI escaped from the central jail on the wee hours October 31, which officers and employees are responsible for the escape, under which circumstances and sequence the encounter took place at a hillock in Manikhedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal.