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Seven SIMI activists escape from Khandwa jail, one held

In a daring jailbreak, seven hardcore members of the banned SIMI, accused of heinous crimes including murder, on Tuesday escaped from the Khandwa district prison after stabbing two security guards, looting rifles and snatching wireless sets.

Following the audacious prison break, which could not be thwarted despite an exchange of fire, the Centre has sought an explanation from the Madhya Pradesh government, which launched a manhunt and apprehended one of the escapees.

The seven undertrial prisoners included two who had shot dead three persons in a broad daylight a few years back.

Additional director general (Prisons) Muniraju said in Bhopal that the undertrials used bedsheets as ropes to scale the towering wall before escaping on two motorcycles parked in the premises around 3.30 am.

The prisoners, who broke the wall of the bathroom in their escape bid, were challenged by two constables whom they stabbed with knives and snatched their rifles, Khandwa Superintendent of Police Manoj Sharma said. Injured constables Lokesh Hirve and Suro Tiwari have been hospitalised, Sharma said.
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