Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

Ashish Mishra, Union minister's son, the main accused of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, Ashish Mishra, was arrested on Saturday after hours of questioning by SIT. The arrest was confirmed by Upendra Agarwal, Deputy inspector general, who is leading the SIT. A day after staying away from questioning, On Saturday morning Ashish Mishra appeared before the investigation team.

The questioning lasted for hours as the SIT prepared over a dozen questions for the Ashish Mishra Union minister's son. However, the answers received during the lengthy investigation were not satisfactory, police said. Towards the evening, unconfirmed reports claimed he was arrested later, but the confirmation came only on the night of Saturday.

Upendra Agarwal said.

"He was arrested after he failed to co-operate in the interrogation. He could not validate or inform various points regarding his where about at the time of incident on the day of incident. And we will try to get details after getting him on police remand,"

Reports said.

While Ashish was facing questioning, his father Ajay Mishra Teni was together with a group of lawyers,

After two of his helper were arrested, the police posted a notice on the Union minister's residence asking his son to attend before the investigation team.

On Friday, Ashish did not occur before the team, and his father said he was not well; he would be present only on Saturday.

Ashish Mishra son of Union minister arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case 1pixabay image

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Ashish was named in the FIR as a principal accused of the Lakhimpur Kheri case incident where four farmers were crushed by a thar car in which Ashish was present. Four others were killed in the violent incident that began last Sunday in the UP Lakhimpur Kheri area.

The FIR said Ashish Mishra managed to get out of that overturned car and opened fire towards protestors. The Union minister denied his son's link with the event and earlier said that it was his car, but his son did not exist in the car. He also claimed that a driver of the car lost balance as stones were pelted on the vehicle.

The Lakhimpur Kheri has become a significant political matter ahead of the UP assembly election, with the Congress taking to the road over this matter. Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, visited the Lakhimpur Kheri area earlier this week. The party has asked its state and UT unit chiefs to observe 'maun vrat' on Monday protesting Lakhimpur violence. The removal of the Union minister is one of the demands of Congress.

The UP Police sprung into action after being rapped by the Supreme Court. On Thursday, it asked the government how many arrests it has made regarding the case, as four days had already passed between the incident and the Supreme Court taking up the case. While the police arrested two of Ashish Mishra's aides and summoned Mishra to appear for interrogation, the apex court on Friday said it was not satisfied with the investigation done by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

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