Minister’s son arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri case, “derogatory reply”, say police: 10 facts

Ashish Mishra had denied that he was present at the place of Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish, accused of crushing farmers in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Saturday in Lakhimpur Kheri after interrogation for more than 12 hours. Police said he was giving “abusive answers” and was not cooperating.

Here are the top 10 points of this big story:

  1. Ashish Mishra was arrested five days after he was named in a murder case. The charges against him usually warrant immediate arrest and questions have been raised as to whether he was given VIP treatment because of his father. He had also released the summons a day earlier.

  2. A senior UP police officer, who waited for three hours for Ashish Mishra to arrive on Friday, interrogated him till late in the night after he was brought through the back door, which helped him avoid the media crowd.

  3. In another suspicious move, the UP Police had issued notice to Ashish Mishra under a section of the law that deals with the presence of witnesses – not accused.

  4. A day after the arrest, the Supreme Court reminded the Uttar Pradesh government that the law must take its course against “whoever is involved” amid nationwide outrage over the incident and mounting pressure from farmer groups.

  5. “What message are you sending? Even under normal circumstances… Won’t the police immediately go and arrest the accused? Things are not progressing the way they should have been. It seems to be just words, not action ” Justice NV Ramana said in a scathing rebuke.

  6. A day earlier, after his son’s no-show, Minister Ajay Mishra had said that Ashish Mishra would appear on Saturday. He said that his son could not respond to the summons due to ill health.

  7. Ashish Mishra has been named in an FIR filed by farmers, who said he had gone to a gathering of protesters raising slogans amid a peaceful black flag protest last Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers and four members of the convoy, died in the incident and the violence that ensued.

  8. Though the Union minister’s son admitted that the SUV that ran over the farmers belonged to him, he maintained that he was not in it.

  9. 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.

  10. Denying any action under any pressure in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath insisted that his government “will not arrest anyone on the basis of allegations”. Attacking the opposition leaders who rushed to meet the families affected in the incident, the Chief Minister said, “They are no goodwill ambassadors.”

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