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Lakhimpur Violence: Despite Supreme Court’s condemnation, UP Police fails to nab Ashish Mishra

Naveen Bharat Editorial

LUCKNOW: Union Minister Ajay Mishra failed to nab Teni’s son Ashish Mishra, who…
On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh Police pasted a second summon notice at Mishra’s Lakhimpur residence for not appearing for questioning in connection with his involvement in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence before the crime branch.

In a fresh notice, the police officers probing the case ordered Ashish, the main accused in the violence in the district last Sunday, to appear before the police probe panel at Lakhimpur Police Lines that resulted in the death of eight people, including four farmers. . Saturday at 11 am.

Ashish Mishra ignored the summon notices pasted by the police at his residence on Thursday. He was asked to appear before the police lines for questioning at 10 am on Friday, but the accused did not turn up.

However, while trying to explain the reason for his son’s absence before the police officials in response to the first summon notice, Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra Teni said: “My son was summoned yesterday, but he was on Friday due to health. Could not report to police officers. Cause he will report tomorrow.”
Ajay Mishra was interacting with media persons at Lucknow airport after landing from Delhi on Friday.

Dismissing reports of Ashish Mishra absconding with one of his associates, Ankit Das, the minister said that his son was at home in Lakhimpur. “My son is currently at his residence in Lakhimpur Kheri. Our government is investigating the matter without any bias. Action will be taken against the accused,” Ajay Mishra said, adding that the opposition is playing negative politics on the issue.

Outrage spread across the country after eight people died in Lakhimpur Kheri district while farmers were staging a sit-in protest against the visit of UP Deputy CM Keshav Maurya, who had gone there to attend an event organized by Mishra.

The Uttar Pradesh Police’s second notice came hours after the Supreme Court slammed the Yogi Adityanath government for failing to arrest Ashish Mishra. It then ordered the administration to apprise the apex court of an alternate agency that could conduct the investigation.

The police source also claimed on Friday morning that Ashish Mishra had absconded and was frequently changing his whereabouts. Initially, his location with one of his associates, Ankit Das, was found in Nepal and then in Uttarakhand.

However, Abhijeet Mishra, a relative of Ashish Mishra, also claimed that Ashish is not absconding and will soon surrender before the crime branch.

The summons, being pasted at Mishra’s residence, are issued by a six-member committee headed by the Additional Superintendent of Police. The panel has been set up to assist in the investigation of two cases registered in connection with the violence.

The inquiry committee also includes two Deputy Superintendents of Police and three officers of the rank of Inspector. Police constables with a sound understanding of the technical aspects of policing are also present to assist the investigative panel.

In one of these cases, Ashish Mishra and 15-20 unidentified persons have been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy under eight different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the second FIR was registered against Sumit Jaiswal, a local resident. Went. Unknown miscreants had allegedly lynched four people to death.

A case was registered under various IPC sections including 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 336 (endangering life and personal safety of others).

However, amid uproar across the country over the death of farmers, which were run over by a convoy of vehicles, one of which belonged to Mishra, the chorus has intensified for the Union minister’s resignation.

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