Four alleged members of Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were released from Central Jail Bhopal on Thursday night around 9 pm after they were granted bail by the Supreme Court. They were lodged in the prisons since 2013.
Their family members were waiting outside the jail since morning to receive them. There were heavy posse of security personnel at the CJM court where papers were prepared for their release and also in the vicinity of the jail.
According to sources Madhya Pradesh ATS has decided to file an appeal against the bail.
The four under-trials identified as Siddique, Ismail Mashaalkar, Umer Dandoti and Irfan, who spent nearly eight years in prison, are residents of Sholapur district in Maharashtra. The SC granted bail on the ground that the Bhopal district court which decided their case had no jurisdiction to extend their judicial custody.
They were arrested in December 2013 for allegedly harbouring and aiding the fugitives of the Khandwa jailbreak in October that year in which seven alleged SIMI activists had broken out of the prison after knifing two guards.
They were charged under UAPA, Arms Act and IPC sections for attempted murder, forgery and criminal conspiracy, and were locked up in Bhopal jail, along with 28 other SIMI suspects