The daring jailbreak in Bhopal by eight suspected operatives of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and their subsequent killing in an alleged encounter by Madhya Pradesh police had Twitter buzzing on Monday.
People raised questions about the circumstances surrounding the encounter — some suspected the incident might have been staged, while others lauded the MP police’s quick response to a possibly dangerous situation.
Journalist and writer Minhaz Merchant tweeted asking: “Will our ill-liberal, non-secular cabal cry fake encounter?”
In a series of tweets, political trend watcher and columnist Tehseen Poonawalla questioned the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged jailbreak and encounter. “Why would all the escaped alleged #SIMI terrorists move together in a group in Bhopal or wherever they were going? Why not split the group? (sic)”
In another post, he said: “At the moment this killing of all 8 SIMI alleged terrorists appears to be a case of extra judicial killings for an attempt to chest thump.”
Editor and columnist Shekhar Gupta tweeted saying, “Stop questioning Bhopal “encounter” & appreciate sharp-shooting skills of Madhya Pradesh Police. The nation needs them at once, at the LoC.”
In another tweet, he wrote: “MP police needs to learn encounter “art” from Punjab/Gujarat/Maharashtra. A few AKs thrown on the bodies would’ve made a less curious story.”
Common people also reacted sharply to the killings and jailbreak.
Gurgaon-based architect Sandeep Roy posted: “All 8 #SIMI Terrorists were together so long after jail break?! Does that sound real? Even Ram Gopal Verma has better storylines! #Bhopal”
Some also termed it a political stunt to win the UP election.
While Sunil Kumar, who called himself a “Modi bhakt” posted: “MODI= surgical strikes, Shivraj = house cleaning. #SIMI”.