New Delhi: Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, arrested on Saturday (October 9) night in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, has been sent to judicial custody for the time being.
Ashish’s lawyer Awadhesh Kumar Singh said Mishra was produced before a judicial magistrate after his arrest by a nine-member SIT headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Upendra Agarwal.
A local court will hear the case on Monday (October 11) on whether to send ashish mishra in police custody or not, said the lawyer.
“He (Ashish Mishra) will be in judicial custody for the time being. He was produced before the judicial magistrate and the police had demanded three days’ custody, to which we had objected. The matter will be heard on October 11 and it will be Decided whether Mishra will be sent to police custody,” ANI quoted Awadhesh Kumar Singh as saying. After this Mishra was sent to the district jail.
Mishra was arrested on Saturday night after a 12-hour interrogation by the crime branch of the Uttar Pradesh Police. DIG and monitoring committee chairman Upendra Agarwal said Ashish was arrested as he was “not cooperating during the interrogation”.
Ashish Mishra’s lawyer Awadhesh Kumar said, “Whether he should be sent to police custody or not will be heard on Monday- October 11. He will be in judicial custody for the time being.” pic.twitter.com/a2gaH4QsPb
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Of the seven people mentioned in the FIR, two were arrested on Thursday. They have been identified as Lavkush and Ashish Pandey.
Eight people, including four farmers, lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri in the violence that broke out during farmers’ protests in Uttar Pradesh on October 3. Of the other four, two people who died were present in the cars, apparently. Part of a convoy of BJP workers Who had come to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, while there was a local journalist and a driver.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra arrived with three vehicles when the farmers were dispersing their protest at the helipad and crushed the farmers with his SUV.
The farmers’ organization further alleged that they directly attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk, tried to drive a vehicle over him. However, Ashish Mishra refuted the allegations of SKM, claiming that he was not present at the place where the incident took place.
(with agency input)