Let me at the very outset begin by voicing my seething anger and uttermost dismay at the ruthless manner in which eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members were killed by police in Eintkhedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the central jail after surrounding them from all sides. They were certainly not terrorists as their cases were yet to be decided and they were just undertrials. Even if terrorists escape and they are unarmed, it is the bounden duty of police to capture them alive and they have no right to spray bullets on them on the plea that they are terrorists!
How come they were able to travel so long and yet police could not catch them? How come they all stayed together and didn’t disburse as the absconders from jail generally do? How come no one came to know anything when these terrorists killed one policemen in jail?
Parvez Alam who as lawyer represented these 8 SIMI operatives in court very rightly points out that the police’s version was based on pure fantasy. He also rightly asked “Can you believe the escapees used keys made of toothbrushes and tongue cleaners to open eight different locks?” He also made it clear that, “I will soon file a writ petition in the High Court and demand a high-level judicial or CBI probe.” Speaking for myself, I feel there should be only a judicial probe and not CBI because CBI too can be influenced. A judicial probe and that too headed by an eminent and impeccable former Judge of the Supreme Court as I had pointed out earlier also.
ruth must come out. Those men in uniform who are guilty must not be spared under any circumstances. There can be just no excuse of any kind for killing unarmed undertrials and that too after cornering them. Those who are guilty of killing these 8 undertrial prisoners who had not been designated as terrorists by any competent court must be made to face the most stringent punishment apart from being sent to jail. No reward should be given to them till they are cleared by a judicial inquiry and as I have said it repeatedly, it must be headed by a very eminent former Supreme Court Judge who conducts the inquiry on this impartially so that the truth comes out fully. India has an impeccable reputation in handling prisoners and the whole world knows that we treated more than 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war very well and returned them back to Pakistan safely. This impeccable reputation that we have earned over the years must be maintained at all costs and under all circumstances. No compromise here at all, come what may!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.