New Delhi: In a prison break incident, eight activists of the banned group Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) on Sunday night fled from the Bhopal Central Jail in Madhya Pradesh.

Reports said that the inmates killed a security guard who was on duty.

“The inmates made a rope with the help of bed sheets to jump over the walls. We have launched a combing operation,” said Arvind Saxena, SP Bhopal.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said five jail officials have been suspended.

All the eight convicts were kept at the B Block of the central jail.

SIMI was formed in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, in April 1977. It was first banned on 27 September 2001.