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Bhopal encounter: Protest in Jamia Nagar and Facebook Live

A few Okhla residents, mostly including political aspirants of different parties, turned up at Jamia Millia Islamia in front of Dr Zakir Hussain’s Mausoleum & Museum today to express their dismay over alleged killing of eight men from SIMI after they had allegedly escaped from prison early on Monday morning.

Some political activists lashed out at the Madhya Pradesh administration, seeking judicial enquiry into the incident. Also, Facebook Live was conducted by Pervez Mohammad, a Shaheen Bagh resident.

On November 1, members of All India Students Association (AISA) had also staged a protest at Jantar Mantar against the encounter.

“Everyone deserves a fair trial, and these men were shot dead even though they weren’t fighting back. The culture of ‘fake encounters’ has reached alarming levels with both the BJP and Congress allowing it,” said AISA president Sucheta.

“The police and state government are clearly lying. A probe into the matter is needed,” said another AISA member. The encounter has deeply upset Muslim religious organizations. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind had voiced concern over killing of 8 under-trials in Bhopal

The Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer said: “We are highly disturbed at the news of 8 under-trial prisoners being killed near Bhopal by the police. Some media reports are suggesting that it was a fake encounter as the entire episode raises a lot of uncomfortable questions like: Was it possible for the accused to scale over 30 feet high wall of the most secure jail in MP? How could they lay hands on weapons? Why are there contradictory statements from officials over whether prisoners had weapons or not. How they got new clothes, watches and bands? If they had connections to get weapons, why couldn’t they get a vehicle to escape? Why no policeman was injured in the ‘encounter’? Why were the CCTVs not functioning? How all of them moved together rather than dispersing and couldn’t go further in eight hours?”

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