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Lakhimpur violence: SIT takes Union minister’s son, 3 others to recreate sequence of events

Lakhimpur Kheri, October 14

The SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Thursday took Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son and three others arrested in the case to reconstruct the sequence of events in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikoniya village.

Amid tight security, the accused were taken to the spot on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road, about 60 km from the district headquarters Lakhimpur town, police said.

Eight people were killed in the violence on October 3 and four of them were farmers, who were allegedly hit by a vehicle carrying BJP workers.

The angry farmers then allegedly made some people board the vehicles. The other dead include two BJP workers and their driver. A journalist was also killed in this incident.

The farmers claimed that Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, with him and his father denying the allegation that they could produce evidence to prove that he was at an event at the time .

Ashish Mishra ‘Monu’ was arrested in the case on October 9 after 12 hours of interrogation, and has been accepted by a court in police custody from October 12 to October 15.

The other three – Shekhar Bharti were arrested on October 12, and Ankit Das and Latif alias Kale were arrested on October 13.

Das, Latif and Bharti are in police custody from October 14 to October 17.

On Thursday, investigators reached the district jail premises in the morning to take Das, Latif and Bharti into police custody.

The trio were taken to the Reserve Police Lines at the crime branch’s office, which is near the district jail where prime accused Ashish Mishra is lodged.

Police said they were taken to Tikoniya village by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) amid heavy security for further investigation. PTI

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