The Bhopal jail has a sanctioned strength of 250 security personnel. According to the jail department, 50 posts lie vacant. Of the remaining 200 security personnel, 70 jawans are undergoing various training programmes.
Only, 130 security personnel were effectively available for the security of the Bhopal central jail, where about 30 SIMI operatives were lodged. Of these 130 policemen, 80 personnel were deployed on VVIP duty on the day the eight SIMI men escaped from the jail, killing one constable inside the prison premises, according to India Today which claimed of accessing the details.
The government documents show that when jailbreak incident took place, there were about 3,000 inmates in the Bhopal jail apart from 29 SIMI operatives, only 30-35 police personnel were on duty.