Dissatisfied with the Lakhimpur violence case, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government why accused Ashish Mishra was not arrested despite an FIR being lodged against him.
During the suo motu hearing on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Supreme Court said, “It is the brutal murder of eight people and the law should take its course against all the accused.”
The top court also urged the state government to “take necessary steps due to the sensitivity of the issue”.
Four farmers were crushed by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when a group agitating against the Centre’s three new agricultural laws demonstrated against the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
The car later identified was that of Ajay Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said that senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, has assured it that the state’s top police officer will be informed to preserve the evidence in the case.
(Inputs from ANI)