The Madhya Pradesh Government on Monday suspended five officials of the Bhopal Central Jail after eight terrorists of the banned group Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped late on Sunday night.
State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh confirmed the news about the same.
It is reported that the terrorists escaped at around 2 a.m. using bed-sheets as rope.
"The incident happened around 2 a.m. The terrorists used blankets and bed-sheets. They overpowered the two officers in charge and then opened the locks," Arvind Saxena, Superintendent of Police (SP) told ANI.
"The inmates made a rope with the help of bed sheets to jump over the walls. We have launched combing operations," he added.
For their escape, the prisoners chose Diwali night, when people across the country celebrate by bursting crackers.
An extensive search operation has been launched in Bhopal and other places.
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