BHOPAL: The chief of Madhya Pradesh’s anti-terror squad told NDTV today, hours after escaping from jail The 8 members of SIMI who were shot dead in Bhopal, they were not armed when they were killed.
Sanjeev Shami added, “They can use maximum force, If the police sees the possibility that such men can escape. These men were dreaded criminals. It is well settled in law when police can use force and take life.”
He says he stands by his account, Mr Shami says he is aware that since he 1st declared the men who were killed were unarmed 2 days ago, other police and government officers have contradicted him.
The encounter with the SIMI men was led by his anti-terror squad. Mr Shami to NDTV said, “Even if the police are not being fired at, they can use such force.”
Forensic experts will determine how close the police was to the prisoners when they were killed. “The prisoners, who were arrested on charges including murder and terror attacks, were shot in the chest, head, back and in the feet,” Post-mortem reports accessed today by NDTV show that.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister has derided the opposition for criticising the shooting as a staged encounter and warned that the men were hardened criminals who were planning a major terror attack.