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SIMI activist kills ATS cop, 2 others in MP

SIMI activist kills ATS cop, 2 others in MP

Author: Suchandana Gupta
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 29, 2009

Sending shockwaves in Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa town, a suspected SIMI activist riding a motorbike on Saturday shot dead three people, including a cop from the state's anti-terror squad. The police are yet to identify the assailant and have launched a manhunt.

According to inspector general of police (law and order) A K Soni, constable Sitaram Yadav (32) was assigned to keep an eye on SIMI network in the Khandwa region. Since March 2008, the anti-terror squad has arrested a number of alleged SIMI activists from the region. The police suspect that Yadav's assailant could have SIMI links.

On Saturday afternoon, Sitaram along with another person, identified as Sanjay Jagatpal, was moving in the Teenpulia area of Khandwa town when a man on a motorcycle stopped in front of them, pulled out a weapon and shot Sitaram thrice.

The constable was hit in the chest and as he stumbled, his friend Jagatpal tried to stop the assailant from getting away. The assailant then shot Jagatpal, who died instantly after receiving multiple bullet injuries, the police said.

Yadav succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, the police said, adding he was involved in cracking down the SIMI network in Khandwa district. Yadav had been warned of 'dire consequenses'. The assailant then abandoned his malfunctioned motorbike and tried to snatch a motorcycle from a bank employee, Ravi Shankar Pare. Pare too was fatally shot. The assailant then made good his escape. The police found Pare's motorbike on Bundi Road.

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