Youth Congress workers clashed with Delhi Police on Saturday afternoon during a protest against the death of eight people, including four farmers, in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri this week.
Visuals from news agency ANI showed dozens of people holding placards, shouting slogans and jumping on burning effigies on the streets of the national capital.
Other scenes showed protesters fighting with police as they tried to break past barricades.
Delhi | Indian Youth Congress workers staged a sit-in protest over Lakhimpur Kheri violence pic.twitter.com/9Z8tB8nJLm
— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2021
The protesters are demanding the arrest of Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra and a murder accused (as per the UP Police FIR) in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri deaths.
However, about a week after that incident, he is still free.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Supreme Court questioned the UP government and the police’s handling of the case, and sought a status report on the investigation; Yesterday, the Chief Justice asked the state whether they would treat Ashish Mishra differently if he was not the son of a Union minister.
“What message are you (UP Govt) giving. Wouldn’t the police immediately go and arrest the accused even under normal circumstances?” asked Chief Justice NV Ramana.
Shortly after this, Ashish was summoned by the UP Police to appear for questioning.
They were originally asked to come tomorrow, but left a senior police officer waiting for more than three hours. Later his father cited ill-health for not showing his son.
Ashish was summoned after a few hours, to which he replied today – Under Section 160 of CrPC – which identifies him as a ‘witness’ despite being named as an accused in the FIR.
Legal experts have questioned why the summons under Section 41 (for those accused) were not served. Police sources countered saying that arrest can also be made under section 160.
Eight people, including four farmers, a journalist and a BJP worker, were killed on Sunday in a convoy of vehicles, including an SUV owned by Ajay Mishra, that rammed into a group of farmers.
The farmers allege that Ashish Mishra was riding in a car.
Both Ashish and his father have denied all the allegations. Mr Mishra admitted to NB that the car belonged to his family, but added that neither he nor his son was in it at the time of the incident.
ANI. with the input of