Bhopal: In more trouble for the Madhya Pradesh Police, a new audio clip of cops believed to be involved in the shootout of eight SIMI activists in Bhopal have now come to fore prompting the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government to order a judicial probe into the incident.'
The new audio clip is the recorded conversation between the cops who were on the ground and their bosses in the police control room on the day Bhopal encounter of eight SIMI members took place.
The audio clip shows a cop saying "finish them all" (niptado sabko) while supposedly talking to another cop on the other end on a walkie-talkie.
The man on the other end responds by saying, "paanch toh mar gaye".
The audio clip have surfaced three days after two mobile phone videos challenged the Madhya Pradesh Police's version that eight fugitive SIMI suspects were killed in an encounter.
The audio recording, purportedly from the police control room, suggests that police personnel on the field were under orders from their superiors to kill all eight of the SIMI suspects.
A few seconds later comes the update that all eight men have been killed ("aanthon maare gaye"). Applause breaks out. "Sir, badhai ho, aathon maare gaye. (Congratulations, sir, all eight are dead). "Very good, very good," they are told, "we are reaching there."
In the recent past, a series of indicting videos have come to fore which showed that eight unarmed SIMI members were being shot at close range by the police on the outskirts of Bhopal.
Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that a judicial enquiry will be conducted into an "encounter" of eight SIMI activists.
Justice SK Pandey (retired) would conduct the probe.
The eight undertrials were killed by police in an alleged encounter near here hours after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail after murdering a security guard.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, raised questions on the encounter after video clips showed a jawan opening fire on one of the men, as he lay motionless on the ground.