After the no-show, the minister’s sons will meet the UP Police today on the killing of farmers

Lakhimpur Violence: Eight people including four farmers died in this incident

Ashish Mishra, accused of crushing farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, will appear before the police today, his father and Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra said. He dropped the summons yesterday due to health reasons, his father said

Here are the top 10 developments in this big story:

  1. Union Minister Ajay Mishra, who confirmed in an interview to NB that the vehicle used to crush the farmers was his, said neither he nor his son was present at the time of the incident. Amid his resignation spree, Mr Mishra met Home Minister Amit Shah earlier this week. Top government sources have denied his resignation.

  2. Mr. Mishra said that his son Ashish has given the first summons, will appear before the police today. The minister said that his son is innocent. He cited the son’s ill health as the reason for canceling the summons.

  3. Ashish Mishra has been named in the FIR lodged by the farmers, who have demanded strict action against him. The FIR states that he attended a farmers’ meeting, which was raising slogans amid peaceful black flag protest. Eight people, including four farmers, died in this incident.

  4. As soon as the matter reached the Supreme Court, two people Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey were arrested on Thursday. Police said they were allegedly in the same vehicle that ran over a journalist and farmers.

  5. Denying any action under any pressure in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath insisted that his government “will not arrest anyone on the charges”. Attacking the opposition leaders who rushed to meet the families affected in the incident, the Chief Minister said, “They are not goodwill ambassadors.”

  6. Echoing the Chief Minister, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that those doing “political tourism” in Uttar Pradesh were unfortunate over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. “I think some people do not believe in the judicial process. Those who are doing political tourism in Uttar Pradesh over the Lakhimpur incident are unfortunate,” Mr. Thakur said.

  7. The Supreme Court on the Lakhimpur violence amid nationwide outrage, the Uttar Pradesh government should do its bit against “whoever is involved”. We are not satisfied with the action taken so far, the court said. “What message are you sending? Even under normal circumstances… wouldn’t the police immediately go and arrest the accused. Things didn’t proceed the way they should. It seems to be just words, not action.” Justice NV Ramana said in a scathing rebuke.

  8. Enough has not been done by the authorities, senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL on the Lakhimpur Kheri deaths, has told the Supreme Court, as the state and its police force face questions on the handling of the incident. Does matter.

  9. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet on every issue, Azad Samaj Party chief and Dalit leader Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday urged him to talk to farmers, visit Lakhimpur Kheri and meet the family members of the slain farmers. Azad said he would gherao PM Modi’s residence if the culprits of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident were not arrested within seven days.

  10. The Congress has said that it will take out a “Kisan Nyay” rally in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi on Sunday. The party poster states that Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will address the rally. The poster also mentions the party’s demands, including the dismissal of Ajay Kumar Mishra, the arrest of the perpetrators of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that erupted during the farmers’ protest and repeal of three controversial agriculture laws of the Centre.

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