In a daring midnight jailbreak, six alleged members of the Students Islamic Movement of India, along with another undertrial, escaped from a district prison in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and stabbed two constables on patrol, before fleeing with their wireless sets, bolt action rifles and motorcycle.

One of the escapees, Abid Mirza, who is a not a SIMI member, was later caught and thrashed by locals who mistook him for a thief.

In the incident that took place in Shahid Loknayak Tantya Bhil District Jail in Khandwa, 272 km from here, at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, the seven inmates had broken open the ventilator of their barrack and scaled the wall using blankets tied together as a rope, the police said.

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