According to media reports, bullet shots have been above their waists.

The postmortem report may give more fuel to the controversy as opposition parties have raised questions over the genuineness of the encounter.

Unverified Video Adds Fuel To Controversy

A video of the SIMI encounter emerged on social networking sites which was telecast by national news channels, raised serious question on genuineness of the gunfight. The short clip, whose authenticity could not be verified independently, shows a policeman shooting at a group of men lying still in a deserted strip. The men, wearing jeans and sports shoes, were said to be the escaped SIMI men. It also shows a policeman pulling out a knife from one of the dead men.

 

MP's Home Minister, MP DGP Speak in Different Voices On Probe

Amid growing opposition clamour for a judicial probe in SIMI encounter, MP's Home Minister Bhupendra Singh and DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla spoke in different voices on CID probe.

Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday said there was no need for any investigation, while state's police chief Rishi Kumar Shukla maintained the CID will go into the incident.

Political Slugfest Over SIMI Encounter 

Soon after the news broke out about killing of all 8 SIMI terrorists who fled from the jail after killing a guard, opposition parties raised questions on the encounter.

The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh congratulated police over the alleged encounter of eight SIMI men who escaped from a jail, while Opposition parties sought to pick holes in the sequence of events given by the officials and asked probing questions.

BJP Congratulates MP Police For The Success Of Encounter

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, in a press release, said his party congratulated the police for tracking and killing the SIMI "terrorists", who murdered a security guard of Bhopal Central Jail and escaped.

He also praised members of public for helping the police in tracking down the SIMI men after their escape in the wee hours today.

"The Central and state governments won't tolerate any kind of terrorism," Chauhan said.

Congress Raises Questions Over genuineness of the Encounter

Opposition Congress latched on a statement made by Bhopal Inspector General of Police about possession of weapons by the SIMI members and sought clarification. IG Yogesh Choudhary said the fleeing SIMI men had weapons in possession and opened fire when confronted and the police fired in retaliation.
"How they got weapons and why they remained near Bhopal for 8-9 hours (after the jail break) is a matter which raises questions," Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav said in a statement.

"As per the jail manual, not more than eight hardened criminals should be kept in a single prison. But here as many as 35 of them were lodged together," Yadav said.

CPM Also Raises Questions

CPM leader Badal Saroj, in a statement, said there were many loose ends in the police theory about the SIMI members escaping from jail and then spotted in forests. Their disappearance from the prison and subsequent appearance in forests with pistols and knife raise many questions. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that truth in the matter comes out, Saroj said.

The CPM leader demanded a probe by a High Court Judge in the entire episode and said an inquiry by NIA will not achieve much.

Police Rejects Criticism Of Fake Encounter Of SIMI Men

Police dismissed criticism over the encounter killing of eight SIMI men near Bhopal, saying there was heavy exchange of fire in which they were felled after which four countrymade guns and some sharp- edged weapons were recovered from them.

"There was heavy firing from the other side (men) and they were killed in retaliatory fire. Three policemen received injuries from sharp weapons. Police opened 45-46 rounds of fire," IG Yogesh Chaudhary told a media briefing after questions were raised over the genuineness of the encounter.

The 8 men of the banned SIMI were killed in an encounter hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal jail after slitting the throat of a guard and scaling the wall using bedsheets between 2 and 3 in the morning.

All killed SIMI men

The eight men were identified as Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said.