Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: SIT will seek police remand of Ashish Mishra

Naveen Bharat Editorial

LUCKNOW: The UP Police has claimed that Ashish, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra and the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, was uncooperative and evasive during interrogation, the treatment he was treated so far appears to be closed.

Ashish (35) was arrested after nearly 12 hours of interrogation and was produced in a local court on Saturday midnight, from where he was sent to 14-day judicial custody. He is lodged in Barrack 21 of Lakhimpur District Jail.

On Monday, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by DIG Upendra Agarwal will seek his police remand for further questioning. Although Ashish insisted that he was not in the car that hit the protesters from behind, leading to violence that killed eight people, including farmers and a journalist, police officials claimed that they had a spot on the spot. There is evidence to show his presence.

It was Ashish’s Mahindra Thar SUV that ran over farmers last Sunday at around 3 pm, when farmers were protesting against UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya’s visit to Lakhimpur Kheri. Though he avoided questions about his role in the horrific incident, sources claimed that he failed to provide satisfactory evidence about his whereabouts between 2.36 pm and 3.30 pm on that horrific Sunday.

Ashish claimed that he was participating in a dangal (wrestling match) at that time in his native village Banbirpur and submitted videos and affidavits of 10 people to substantiate his claim, but the SIT was not impressed.
“I was not present at the scene,” was his standard answer to most questions, adding: “I found out about it later.”

But when the police were asked about the bullets found in his car, which was burnt by angry protesters at the site of the violence, he was hesitant. Sources said that he also did not give a satisfactory answer to the question about the licensed weapon with him and who was with him. The name he mentioned was that of Hariom, whom he claimed was driving the SUV.

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