Lakhimpur Kheri, UP:
Union Minister of State for Home Ajai Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra has denied allegations that he was part of a farmers’ convoy in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on Sunday in which eight people were killed.
“The event that was happening was ancestral. It has been going on for almost 35 years. We have a tradition that when we have guests, we send two-three vehicles to receive them… Mahindra Thar Meri The vehicle, one of our employees had a Toyota Fortuner and a small car,” he told NB in an interview.
“I was not in the car. I was at my ancestral home in Banveerpur village where the wrestling match was being organized. I was there from morning till the end of the event,” he said.
l”It is not true that the Fortuner crushed the farmers. The truth is that our worker had gone to pick up the honorable Deputy Chief Minister. The Thar SUV in front was attacked with sticks and stones. The driver Hariom was injured or may have been have been killed in that attack. The car lost its balance and overturned. Thus these two men, called farmers, must have been injured,” Mr. Mishra said.
“People who do such work cannot be called farmers. The farmers of India are not so heartless and cruel. The fault lies with those who are leading the farmers’ organization. It is a right to wave the flag. But calmly,” he said.