Ashish Mishra prime accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case arrested on late Saturday night

Ashish Mishra son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra (MoS, Home Affairs) arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Uttar Pradesh: Ashish Mishra the primary accused of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, was arrested on Saturday after nearly 11 hours of interrogation by the SIT headed by UP Police. DIG Upendra Agarwal on late Saturday night confirmed his arrest in a statement, "Ashish Mishra, son of MoS home Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested as he was not cooperating during the interrogation and didn't answer few questions. He will be produced before the court."

A day after Supreme court expressed dissatisfaction over UP government's action, Ashish Mishra who dodged the interrogation on Friday appeared before the investigation team on Saturday morning. The interrogation lasted for more than 10 hours. However, the answers provided by Union minister's son were not satisfactory, according to the SIT team. DIG Upendra Agarwal heading the SIT team for probing the violence confirmed his arrest late Saturday night. DIG Agarwal informed “He was arrested after he failed to cooperate in the interrogation. He could not inform or validate various points regarding his whereabouts at the time of the incident on the day of the incident. And we will try to get information after getting him on police remand,”

Ashish Mishra was named as the main accused in the FIR that took the lives of four farmers who were crushed by Mishra's vehicle in which he was allegedly present. Four others were killed in the violence that began soon after the incident. The FIR report claims Ashish managed to get out of the car and opened fire on the farmers who lost their lives. The Union minister has denied his son's link and his presence at the location. Ajay Mishra also pointed out that the driver of the car lost balance as stones were pelted on the car by the protesting farmers.

With the Uttar Pradesh assembly election around the corner, a united opposition has demanded the ruling BJP government to sack the Union minister and restore India's democracy and glory. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, PM Modi should express grief for the death of more than 700 farmers during the protests so far. The Congress party has asked its state unit chiefs to observe 'maun vrat' on Monday to increase pressure on the government for removal of Ajay Mishra (Minister of State) whose son was arrested as the main accused in the violence.

Oct 9, 2021

Alok Jha