Lakhimpur Kheri violence: UP Police summon MoS Ajay Mishra’s son; pastes notice outside minister’s house
The notice asks Mishra to appear at the crime branch office at the reserve police lines, Janpad Kheri at 10 am on October 8.
The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday summoned Ashish Mishra, the son of the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra to appear before it on October 8 in connection with the violence during the farmers’ protest.
The notice asks Mishra to appear at the crime branch office at the reserve police lines, Janpad Kheri at 10 am on October 8. The notice states that Ashish Mishra has been booked under sections 147, 148, 149, 279, 338, 304A, 302, 120B of the Indian Penal Code in the case where eight lives were lost. He has been asked to personally appear before the police to produce material, written, oral and electronic evidence in his defense.
“Two people are being questioned. They have confirmed role of three others who are dead. Technically, they have also been accounted for. These people are giving a lot of information. We are sending summon to the main accused (Ashish Mishra) for questioning," said Lakshmi Singh, Lucknow IG.
The summons was issued and pasted after reports stated that Ashish Mishra is untraceable after the incident. Meanwhile two persons have been arrested in the case, identified as Luvkush Rana and Ashish Pandey, close aides of Ashish.
The Opposition has been demanding immediate arrest of Ashish Mishra for his alleged role in knocking down farmers, who were run over by a vehicle linked to the minister.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report on who are the accused, against whom FIR is registered and those who are arrested.
A fresh video of the incident today revealed that three SUVs were involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, and these said cars were not under any attack. The first SUV rammed into a group of protesters who were staging a protest while walking with flags at an unexpectedly high speed, followed by the two other SUVs.