Two of the most wanted terror suspects in the country, who escaped from Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa prison in October, 2013, were gunned down by Telangana police on Saturday morning after a dramatic chase.
“Photographs of the Khandwa absconders were matched with the two men killed and they turned out to be Eizauddin and Aslam. Their role is suspected in almost all major blasts — Chennal, Bengaluru and Roorkey — of 2014,” said a top Union home ministry official requesting anonymity.
They were part of a gang of six Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives. One of the absconders — Abu Faisal was arrested just two months after the jail break. But another man, suspected to be from Ranchi, joined them making them again a gang of six, said sources.
“On April 1, both the alleged Simi men were travelling in a bus going to Nalgonda. The buses were being routinely checked at Suryapet town. When a constable asked them where they were going, they answered Hyderabad but the bus was going to Nalgonda. The constable then asked them to come down and they opened fire, killing the constable and a home guard and fled with the carbine of the constable,” said a federal counter terror official requesting anonymity.
Sources said on Saturday they came out of the hiding and snatched a bike from a person who happened to be related to a local politician.
They were spotted and during the chase, the bike skidded. After a gunfight, which resulted in killing of a constable Nagaraju and injuring two more police officers, both the suspects were killed.
IGP Warangal Range Naveen Chand confirmed to HT the two as the Suryapet assailants.
Telangana home minister N Narasimha Reddy had earlier said the suspects were members of a gang from Uttar Pradesh.