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Lakhimpur violence: FIR against Minister of State Ajay Mishra’s son, several others

By PTI

Lucknow: An FIR has been registered against Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son and several others in connection with the Lakhimpur violence in which eight people died.

Two FIRs have been registered, but the details of the sections under which the cases have been registered were not immediately known.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Avnish Kumar Awasthi said that an FIR has been registered against many people including Ashish Mishra, son of Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra.

He said that since the copy of the FIR is not available yet, the details of the sections under which it has been registered are not known.

ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar, who is camping in Lakhimpur, told PTI, “I am on the spot. Two FIRs have been registered from both the sides in the matter. Detailed information is not available right now as internet is not working here.

“We will soon inform the media about it,” he said.

Eight people were killed in violence on Sunday during protests by farmers that claimed the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Lakhimpur.

Among the dead were four people in a car, apparently part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister.

He was allegedly beaten to death.

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Officials said four others were farmers.

Farmer leaders had claimed that the minister’s son Ashish Mishra was in one of the cars on which he rammed some protesters protesting the deputy CM’s visit.

Ajay Mishra, however, said that he and his son were not present at the spot as alleged by some farmer leaders and they have photo and video evidence to prove it.

Denying the allegations against him, Teni said that he was attending an event in Banbirpur at the time of the incident.

“…some unruly elements attacked our workers, killing 4-5 of them. I was in Banbirpur from 9 am till the end… I was not at the place (incident) for two days… Maybe they don’t like me and are using politics…,” Ashish Mishra Teni told ANI.

“The allegations against me are completely baseless and I demand a judicial inquiry into the matter and the guilty should be punished,” he said.

He further alleged, “Three of our vehicles had gone to receive the Deputy Chief Minister for an event. On the way some miscreants pelted stones, set cars on fire and thrashed 3-4 of our workers with sticks.”

Denying the allegations against him, Teni said that he was attending an event in Banbirpur at the time of the incident.

“…some unruly elements attacked our workers, killing 4-5 of them. I was in Banbirpur from 9 am till the end… I was not at the place (incident) for two days… Maybe they don’t like me and are using politics…,” Ashish Mishra Teni told ANI.

The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) issued a statement regarding the incident which claimed the deaths of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, while Others have reportedly been crushed. their convoy vehicles.

Refuting SKM’s allegations, MoS Teni said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants merged with the protesting farmers and pelted stones at the car which led to an ‘unfortunate incident’.

“My son was not present at the spot. There were some miscreants who attacked the workers with sticks and swords. Had my son been there, he would not have come out alive.

During the Lakhimpur Kheri Yatra, our workers came to welcome us amid the protest of the farmers. Some miscreants from among the agitating farmers started pelting stones at the car and injured our driver. Due to this our car became unbalanced and 2 people died due to its grip. After this, 3 of our workers were killed and cars were set on fire,” Teni told ANI in a phone call.

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“They killed people and damaged and set cars on fire. We have video evidence,” he said.

He said that “four of our (BJP workers) workers were killed” and added that cases under section 302 would be registered against the culprits.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav said on Monday that the way the BJP-led government is committing atrocities on farmers, the British also would not have tortured people.

The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh also demanded Rs 2 crore as ex-gratia for the kin of farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and a government job.

Speaking to a media person protesting outside his residence in Lucknow, Yadav said: “The kind of atrocities committed against farmers by the British too, would not have been committed. Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya should resign.”

“Rs two crore and government jobs should be given to the families of the farmers who lost their lives in this incident,” he said.

Samajwadi Party President staged a dharna outside his residence after police stopped him from going to Lakhimpur Kheri, where 8 people including 4 farmers died yesterday.

“The government doesn’t want any political leaders to go there. What are they hiding?” He asked.

Samajwadi Party workers gathered here after security forces deployed by the police put up barricades at his residence on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow.

Earlier, Yadav demanded resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the incident.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government, saying party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was allegedly arrested while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, will not hold back and will continue to fight for justice.

He tweeted, “Priyanka, I know you won’t believe – they are stunned by your courage. In this non-violent fight for justice, we will make the country’s Annadata win.”

Several opposition leaders from various parties including Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are also scheduled to visit Lakhimpur Kheri today.

Baghel alleged that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh to meet the families of the victims, has been arrested from Hargaon.

He tweeted, ‘AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been arrested in Sitapur while on her way to Lakhimpur. Deepender Hooda is also with him. After the killing of the farmers, now the democratic rights of the people are also being snatched away.

(with ANI inputs)

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