Sources in the Uttar Pradesh Police told NB that Ashish Mishra, son of junior Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra, who was arrested on Saturday, was unable to answer several questions about his whereabouts during the Lakhimpur Kheri violence last week.
According to sources, on Sunday, while Ashish Mishra had said that he was in a wrestling competition about 4-5 km from the spot, the statements of the policemen posted on the spot and the people present there showed that the minister’s son is missing. Between 2 pm to 4 pm.
He said that the location of Ashish Mishra’s mobile tower also shows his location in and around the crime scene. However, Mr. Mishra has told the police that he was at that time in his rice mill, which is close to the crime scene under the same tower.
His wife became even more tense after Mr Mishra’s aides filed an FIR against farmers for the alleged murder of three of his men, including his driver Hariom.
Even though the FIR stated that the Mahindra Thar that ran over the farmers was driving the Hariom, the video analyzed by the police shows that a man wearing a white shirt or kurta was driving the Thar; When his body was brought to the hospital, Hari Om was found wearing a yellow kurta.
Sources said that he was arrested on the basis of these three points of contention and Mr. Mishra not coming forward with the facts. Police also said that he was “childish” in his responses and was not cooperating.
His arrest came five days after he was named in a murder case. The charges against him usually warrant immediate arrest and questions have been raised as to whether he was given VIP treatment because of his father. He had also released the summons a day earlier.
Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR filed by farmers, who said he had gone to a gathering of protesters raising slogans amid a peaceful black flag protest last Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers and four members of the convoy, died in the incident and the violence that ensued.
Though the Union minister’s son admitted that the SUV that ran over the farmers belonged to him, he maintained that he was not in it.