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Lakhimpur violence: Ashish Mishra sent to 14-day judicial custody

By PTI

Lakhimpur: Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was produced in a court here late on Saturday night, from where he was sent to 14-day judicial custody in the Lakhimpur violence case on October 3.

After nearly 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence that led to the death of eight people, including four farmers, the medical team examined Ashish Mishra at the crime branch office here after which he was taken to appear before a judicial magistrate, where He was sent into custody. , Senior Prosecution Officer SP Yadav told PTI.

He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate, who fixed it for hearing at 11 am on Monday.

Ashish Mishra’s name was registered in the FIR following allegations that he was one of the vehicles that rammed four farmers protesting the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya last Sunday.

Farmer leaders and opposition parties were demanding Mishra’s arrest but the minister and his son denied the allegations.

Angry farmers allegedly thrashed two BJP workers and their driver in the incident.

Local journalist Raman Kashyap was also killed in the violence, which created a political storm and put the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on the back foot.

Ashish Mishra, popularly known as ‘Monu Bhaiya’ in the area, spent the night in the district jail.

He had appeared before the SIT around 10 am.

When he did not come for questioning at 30 am on Saturday, a second summon was sent to him.

He was arrested around 11 pm on Saturday night after being questioned by the SIT at the Crime Branch office in Police Lines.

Around the age of 35, Ashish Mishra oversees his father’s political activities in his Kheri parliamentary constituency.

The Supreme Court had on Friday questioned the non-arrest of the accused, directed that the evidence be preserved and considered transferring the investigation to another agency.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had said without saying that the law should take its course against all the accused and the government should take all corrective steps in this regard so as to instil confidence in the probe into the brutal murder of eight persons. .

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the movement against the Centre’s three agricultural laws, had alleged that the violence was a pre-planned conspiracy and demanded the arrest of the minister and his son.

The farmers unions said that if the government does not accept their demands by October 11, they will take out a ‘Shaheed Kisan Yatra’ from Lakhimpur Kheri with the ashes of the slain farmers.

SKM has called for “Rail Roko” protests across the country from 10 am to 4 pm on October 18 and “Mahapanchayat” in Lucknow on October 26.

SKM leader Yogendra Yadav had alleged during a press conference in Delhi that Ajoy Mishra “should be sacked from the cabinet and arrested for spreading disharmony, murder and conspiracy. He is also protecting the culprits in the case.” “

A nine-member team led by Deputy Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Upendra Agrawal has been constituted to investigate the FIR registered against the minister’s son and others in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

After the arrest of two people in the case on Thursday, the police had pasted notices outside Ashish Mishra’s house asking him to appear.

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