facing murder charges Lakhimpur Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested late on Saturday night after interrogation that lasted all day.
Leader of the Indian Farmers’ Union Rakesh Tikait Saturday said that he does not look at those who BJP workers murdered in Uttar Pradesh Lakhimpur Kheri As criminals they only reacted to Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s SUV, allegedly driven by his son Ashish, which was running over the protesters there.
Four people were killed in this Violence on 3 October A group of protesters were protesting against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road after an SUV ran over four farmers at an anti-agriculture law protest site in Lakhimpur Kheri. Farmers are also among the eight dead. BJP workers and their drivers, and a journalist.
“The killing of two BJP workers after a convoy of cars of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri is a reaction to an action. I do not consider those involved in the killings as criminals,” Tikait said in response to a question asked during a media briefing in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, demands for sacking of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra and arrest of his son Ashish intensified on Saturday as an umbrella body of farmers’ unions decided to intensify their protest by blocking railway tracks on October 18.
Earlier in the day, Ashish Mishra, who has been accused of crushing farmers at the Lakhimpur protest site, appeared before the UP Police while responding to the second summons issued to him.
Meanwhile, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Yogendra Yadav said, “We are saddened by the loss of lives of people, be it BJP workers or farmers. It was unfortunate and we hope justice will be done.”
SKM demands ‘Rail Roko’ on 18 October, demands arrest of Minister of State Ajay Mishra and his son
Demanding the arrest of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish, the SKM – an umbrella body of farmers protesting the controversial agricultural laws – on Saturday called for a ‘rail roko’ on October 18 to protest the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. . SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said he also plans to burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Dussehra on October 15.
Yadav alleged that Union Minister Ajay Mishra should be removed and arrested as he had started this conspiracy.
After his son did not appear before the UP Police for questioning in the matter on Friday, Ajay Mishra had claimed that his son was “innocent” and could not report to the police as he was “unwell”. Amid demands for his resignation and his son’s arrest, he also said, “This is a BJP government which works in a fair manner. Action will be taken against those found guilty.”
Meanwhile, farmer leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan termed the Centre’s attitude towards the anti-farmer protesters as “violent” and said, “The government has taken a violent stand against the protesting farmers. We will not take the path of violence.”
Another farmer leader Darshan Pal said, “The Lakhimpur Kheri incident was part of a pre-planned conspiracy. They (the attackers) tried to terrorize the farmers.”
UP Police questioned Ashish Mishra for 9 hours, Sidhu ends his fast
a day later skipping summonsAshish Mishra reached the police line for questioning regarding the violence in the district.
Following this, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his hunger strike, which he vowed to continue until Ashish reported to the police or was arrested. He started his fast at the Lakhimpur residence of journalist Raman Kashyap, who was killed in Friday’s violence.
Ashish appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the UP Police before 11am, the time mentioned in the second summons given to him, and was interrogated for 9 hours. However, the police officials present at the spot declined to comment on the ongoing interrogation.
No summons, respect is being given to the culprits: Akhilesh Yadav
Targeting the Uttar Pradesh government over the investigation of the Lakhimpur Kheri case Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the culprits are being given respect instead of summons.
Speaking to the media, hours after Ashish Mishra appeared before the SIT, the opposition leader alleged, “The way farmers were crushed, now the laws are being crushed. This government has shattered the Constitution… You have seen how a vehicle passed over the farmers who were fighting for their rights. So far the guilty have not been caught. Instead of giving summons, a bouquet of flowers is being given. The summons is in name only, and (in fact) ‘samman’ (respect) is given.”
Shiv Sena to take part in Maharashtra bandh on October 11 to support farmers
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that his party will participate in full force in Maharashtra bandh on October 11 to protest against the killing of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri. Addressing the media along with NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik and state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant, Raut said it is necessary to make people aware about the anti-farmer policies of the Centre. Raut said that farmers are not alone in this struggle and the process of showing solidarity towards them should start from Maharashtra.
Indian Youth Congress demands arrest of Union Minister’s son
Members of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) staged a protest in New Delhi on Saturday demanding the resignation of Ajay Mishra and the arrest of his son Ashish. The protesters, led by IYC national president Srinivas Biwi, gathered at Krishna Menon Marg on Sunehri Bagh Road to march towards the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, but were stopped by the police, who barricaded the protest site.
– With PTI input