International desk – Eight suspected militants of a banned Islamist group in India were gunned down by Indian police on Monday after they tried to flee from a high security jail, said officials.
The members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI ) cut the throat of a prison guard before escaping the prison in Bhopal, said Yogesh Choudhary, Bhopal’s inspector general of police, according to Indian media.
The militants had staged an overnight breakout from the prison by attacking a prison guard with sharpened steel plates before tying together bedsheets to scale several walls.
“All of them were killed in a shoot-out on the outskirts of Bhopal. We asked them to surrender but they tried to break the police cordon,” the officer was quoted to have said by the officer.
The inmates staged the breakout in the early hours after attacking the unarmed guard.
Most of the group members, who are accused of being members of the SIMI, have been in custody awaiting trial for “terror related activities” for the last three years.
Choudhary said the inmates were housed in the same cell and staged the break-out sometime between midnight and 2:00 am after overpowering the guard.