Five activists of outlawed Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who had been released from jail in Madhya Pradesh on the eve of Republic Day under the routine amnesty provision, would be sent back to prison.

“The five SIMI activists who were released from Ujjain district’s Khachrod sub-jail on Republic Day eve last month will be sent back to the jail soon, as the Madhya Pradesh government has revoked the order of their remission,” official sources said here on Saturday.

Orders in this regard were issued on Friday evening and efforts were on to bring them back to the jail, they said.

Ujjain Range Inspector General of Police, Upendra Jain said he received an order from the Jail Department that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 has also been added among sections, which will be out of the annual amnesty ambit.

This implies that the five SIMI activists who were jailed under this Act must be sent back to jail, he said.

The move comes apparently after saffron organisations and various political parties expressed their displeasure at the amnesty given to these activists by the Jail department.

Apart from revoking the remission order of SIMI activists, the State government last evening also relieved Principal Secretary (Jails), Sudesh Kumar from his charge and suspended Khachrod Jailer, Sanjeev Gandle, the sources said.

The five SIMI activists who were released on Republic Day are: Zadeel Parvez, Ayaz alias Ashu, Akbar Kha, Meheruddin and Irshad Ali all residents of Unhel village in Ujjain district.

They were arrested on charges of holding a terror camp at Unhel village in September 2008 and were in judicial custody since then.

On January 12, 2011, a local court in Ujjain sentenced them to five-year imprisonment and going by the State government’s decision, the prison term had been reduced by half.

The State government had released 608 prisoners on January 25 from different jails in the State exercising the power conferred by sub-section (1) of section 432 of the CrPC (the Act pertaining to remission and suspension of sentence of convicted prisoners).