Indore/Mumbai: Seven hardcore terror suspects belonging to the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cut through the iron bars of a bathroom window in Khandwa jail and escaped around 3.30am on Tuesday after stabbing two constables and looting rifles and wireless sets.
One of the suspects on the run, Abu Faizal, belongs to Mumbai’s Juhu area. He was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police after the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts. Another, Aabid Mirza, was nabbed hours later from Sarvodaya Colony in Khandwa, but the other six, including Faizal, are yet to be traced.
Terror suspects used bedsheets to rappel down prison wall
Indore/Mumbai: Madhya Pradesh additional director general (prisons) Muniraju said seven terror suspects belonging to SIMI who escaped a Khandwa jail, used bedsheets to rappel down the wall before escaping on two motorcycles parked in the jail premises — suggesting it was aplanned escape.
They were challenged by two constables whom they stabbed with knives and snatched their rifles, an officer said. The prison doesn’t have perimeter fencing or searchlights. The watch-tower was unmanned.
A red-faced MP government suspended prison incharge DSP Sunil Sharma for tardy security and launched amanhunt leading to the capture of Mirza. Apart from Faizal and Mirza, the others have been identified as Amjad, Zakir, Guddu, Aslam and Ejazuddin — all in the age group of 25-35 years.
“Faizal’s father runs an Alpha Chemist shop in Juhu. Faizal, now 33, was questioned in connection with several bomb blasts that happened in Maharashtra but was never arrested in these cases,” said a source.
Police said Faizal along with veteran SIMI activists, Safdar Nagori and Qayamuddin Kapadia, organised terror training camps at Indore, Kerala and Baroda. “After the 2008 serial bomb blasts, Nagori and Kapadia were arrested and their interrogation led to the arrest of Faizal and others. Faizal was also in close touch with Mira Road’s wanted accused, Abdus Subhan Qureishi alias Tauqeer Bilal. Faizal believed in Nagori’s theory of Maal-e-Ganeemat which says looting from nonbelievers and spending in the name of jihad was a good thing. For this, they robbed three banks in Indore and 10kg gold from a gold financing company,” police said.
The Centre has taken a dim view of the jail-break and sought an explanation from the state government. It also sent a dozen-odd teams to MP to help with the search.
THE FUGITIVES The fugitive SIMI operatives were among eight arrested in June, 2011. Led by Abu Fazal alias Doctor, they recced Lucknow, aiming to target the judges and lawyers in Ayodhya case
Abu Fazal alias Doctor (35) Self-styled chief of a SIMI wing and accused in several terror cases, including 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts. Believed to be mastermind of Tuesday’s jailbreak
Mohd. Aslam (26) Accused in seven criminal cases, including the 2009 Khandwa killings
Amjad Ramzan (27) Accused of killing MP-ATS jawan Sitaram Yadav in 2009 in Khandwa district. Involved in 6 other cases
Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq (28) Accused of gunning down MP ATS constable Bharat Singh Raghuvanshi in Ratlam in 2011. accused in a 2009 Khandwa triple murder case
Mehboob alias Guddu (28) Trusted aide of Fazal and accused in Ahmedabad blasts case, besides terror cases in Kerala and MP
Ejazuddin (29) Accused in 5 criminal cases, including the Khandwa case and killing of ATS constable Raghuvanshi
The Times of India, October 2, 2013