Lakhimpur Kheri: His inability to answer questions about the sequence of events on October 3, when a group of farmers was crushed by one of his SUVs, ultimately landed Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra in jail .
Mishra was arrested on Saturday (October 9) at 10.50 pm and sent to jail. Lakhimpur Jail at around 1 am on Sunday after 12 hours of interrogation
According to a senior officer of the investigation team, Ashish Mishra could not reveal his location at the time of the incident between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm on October 3.
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.
Though the minister’s son admitted that the SUV that crushed the farmers belonged to him, he said he was not in it. His team said that they had created around 150 images of the wrestling match where he was present on the day of the incident.
“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.
Asked why the car didn’t stop after hitting people and the road was crowded, Ashish Mishra had only one answer – I was not there.
Sometimes he would lose his cool and say, “Even if you ask me a million times, my answer will be the same.”
He expressed complete ignorance about the fact that his men carried weapons with them.
The families of at least two dead have claimed that the bodies had bullet marks – a fact denied in the post-mortem report.
However, two empty cartridges of 315. bore rifle have been found from the spot, which proves that someone had fired.
When the police team asked him the veracity of the video footage he produced to prove his presence in the first wrestling match in the district, Ashish said, “You can get it tested by forensic experts.”
He had no explanation about his whereabouts at the time the incident took place as the wrestling match was over by then.
Asked why he is not cooperating with the investigation, Ashish said, “I will come whenever I need to. I am not a criminal – I am the son of a politician and a businessman in my own right.”
Mishra was arrested a day after being reminded by the Supreme Court Government of Uttar Pradesh Amid nationwide outrage over the incident and mounting pressure from farmer groups, the law must do its bit against ‘whoever is involved’.
As soon as the matter reached the Supreme Court, two people Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey were arrested on Thursday. Police said they were allegedly in the same vehicle that ran over a journalist and farmers.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier said that his government would not arrest anyone on the basis of allegations.