Khandwa (MP), Oct 1 (PTI): Police have arrested one of the seven undertrial prisoners suspected to be members of a banned Islamic outfit who broke out of the jail here early Tuesday leaving a trail of injured guards.
Two of the seven who escaped were in jail for shooting dead three persons a few years ago.
The prisoners, linked to the Student Islamic Movement of India or SIMI, fled from Khandwa district jail around 3.30am after breaking the wall of the bathroom, Superintendent of Police Manoj Sharma told PTI.
The prisoners attacked two constables -- Lokesh Hirve and Suro Tiwari – with knives and took away their rifles. The injured constables were taken to the district hospital.
The prisoners also attacked two jawans of the Cheetah force who got wind of their escape and tried to stop them. The prisoners took away the rifles and radio sets of the Cheetah jawans as well.
The prisoners who fled from jail are Amjad, Aslam, Zakir, Mehboob (all from Khandwa), Ejazuddin (of Narsinh Yard, Kareli), Abu Faizal (Juhu), Aabid Mirza (of Oont Kuwan, Hatampura, Khandwa), the SP said.
Aabid Mirza was later caught from Sarvodaya Colony here, Sharma said, adding that the rest are absconding.
The Kotwali police received information about the whole episode around 5.15am and efforts were on to nab remaining six accused by forming 15 police teams, he said.
Taking serious note of the jail-breaking episode, Madhya Pradesh Jail Minister Antar Singh Arya has ordered a high- level probe into it.
The minister told PTI at his Sendhwa residence that he has given orders to Principal Secretary, Jails, to immediately reach Khandwa.
Arya said that action would be taken against the guilty jail personnel after the probe was completed.