31/10/2016 8:24 AM IST | Updated 31/10/2016 8:41 AM IST

8 Activists Of Banned SIMI Escape From Bhopal Jail By Slitting Throat Of Guard With Steel Plate

They scaled the prison wall with the help of bed sheets.

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Police patrolling a deserted street of Aman colony at Karond area, on December 12, 2014 in Bhopal.

Eight activists of the banned SIMI escaped early today from the Bhopal Central Jail by killing a security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets.

"Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard," DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI.

The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists also killed a jail security guard and later scaled the jail walls with the help of bed sheets, he said.

They killed the guard by slitting his throat with steel plate and glass after overpowering him, the DIG said.

Further details are awaited, he said, adding that a hunt has been launched to nab them.