Seven undertrial prisoners suspected to be from banned outfit SIMI, including two who had allegedly shot dead three persons in a broad daylight attack some years ago, escaped from the district jail here in the wee hours of Tuesday .

The prisoners fled from Khandwa district jail around 3:30 am after breaking the bathroom wall of the jail, Superintendent of Police Manoj Sharma told PTI.

Two constables - Lokesh Hirve and Suro Tiwari - who were deployed there, were also attacked with knives by the prisoners before they fled, he said.

The prisoners also took away the rifles of both the constables, leaving them badly injured, Sharma said, adding, the two were rushed to the district hospital for treatment.

After receiving information about the incident, two jawans of Cheetah force also tried to stop the accused from fleeing but could not do so despite an exchange of fire with them, sources said.

The suspected SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India) activists snatched the wireless sets and loaded rifles of both the Cheetah jawans too, they said. However, one of them, Aabid Mirza, was later caught from Sarvodaya Colony here, Sharma said, adding that the rest are absconding.

Centre seeks report

The Centre has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to send a report on jail break in Khandwa.PTI