Lakhimpur Kheri: The Uttar Pradesh Police will seek the custody of Ashish Mishra, who was arrested on Saturday after hours of questioning in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence probe.
The incident claimed eight lives and the farmers alleged that it was Mishra who rammed his SUV on them. Mishra and his father Ajay Mishra Teni, Minister of State for Home, denied the claim.
The police will file an application in the local court on Monday. The matter will be heard by a local court on whether the son of Union Minister of State for Home (MoS) Ajay Mishra Teni should be sent to police custody.
Mishra was arrested on Saturday (October 9) at 10.50 pm and after 12 hours of questioning was sent to Lakhimpur Jail around 1 am on Sunday.
According to a senior official of the investigation team, Ashish Mishra could not tell his location between 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm When the incident happened on 3rd October.
“He had only one answer to every question – I was not present at the place where the incident took place. We asked him who drove his SUV, how many people were seated in it, how many cars were in the convoy and questions for each,” he said. That he was not present,” said the police officer.
Witnesses have said that he was missing from the incident between 2 pm and 4 pm, with the location of his phone showing him close to the crime scene.
The two accused, identified as Lavkush and Ashish Pandey, were earlier arrested in connection with the incident.