New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday issued fresh summons to Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra to appear before him by 11 am on Saturday in a case related to the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people were killed. Ashish did not appear before the police at 10 am on Friday.
As per the latest notice, if Ashish fails to appear before the investigators on Saturday, legal action can be initiated against him. However, The minister told reporters that his son was not feeling well. and that “he will appear before the police and give his statement and evidence as he is innocent”.
According to some media reports, Ashish may have fled to Nepal.
Earlier, the Supreme Court said it was “not satisfied” with the action taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The Supreme Court also asked the state why accused Ashish Mishra has not been arrested yet.
The CJI-led bench said that not arresting the accused is a “wrong message”.
A nine-member team led by DIG Upendra Agarwal is investigating the case against the minister’s son and others. The farmers claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, a charge denied by him and his father, who say they can produce evidence to prove that he was at some other event at the time.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, out of the seven people mentioned in the FIR, two were arrested. They have been identified as Lavkush of Banbirpur village and Ashish Pandey of Nighasan tehsil. Police have lodged an FIR in connection with the violence.
Eight people were killed in the violence on October 3, four of the eight were farmers, who were allegedly crushed by vehicles driven by BJP workers. The farmers got angry and allegedly thrashed some people in their vehicles to death. The other dead include two BJP workers and their driver.
(with PTI inputs)