“He has been arrested. He will be produced in a court tomorrow,” said a senior police officer Indian Express.
DIG Upendra Kumar Agarwal, who is heading the SIT probing the case, told reporters that Ashish Mishra was not cooperating in the investigation. “He was not telling certain things. On the basis of non-cooperation and evasive reply, we are taking him into custody and arresting him. He will be produced in court. We will continue with custodial interrogation,” he said.
The development comes amid demands for the arrest of Ashish Mishra and the sacking of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra. Demanding the same, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) – an umbrella body of farmers protesting the controversial agriculture laws – on Saturday called for a ‘rail roko’ to protest on October 18. Lakhimpur Cucumber violence. SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said, “Union minister Ajay Mishra should be removed and arrested as he started this conspiracy.” He said that they will burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Dussehra on October 15.
On October 3, eight people, including four farmers and a local journalist, were killed after a convoy of three SUVs owned by Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra rammed a group of farmer protesters. A video of the incident was posted on Twitter, which is now going viral. The police on Monday registered an FIR against Mishra’s son Ashish on charges of murder, who was allegedly driving a vehicle. The state government also announced Rs 45-45 lakh to the family of each of the deceased. In addition, a judicial committee headed by a senior judge will probe the incident.
Mishra, who had dropped the summons on Friday, District Reserve Police Line reached Where he was questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) team of UP Police.
Meanwhile, amid the opposition’s demand to arrest the Union minister’s son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Said that no injustice would be done to anyone and no action would be taken under any kind of pressure or without any evidence. This comes a day after the Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL on the matter, said it was not satisfied with the steps taken by the UP government to resolve the issue.
expressing his displeasureThe Supreme Court on Friday said it was not satisfied with the steps taken by the UP government in the investigation into the deaths of eight people in Lakhimpur Kheri.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hema Kohli also criticized the make-up of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the case, saying it involved “local people”. And it is the responsibility of the state government to “justify the trust vested in it”.