Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish, accused of running over farmers in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Saturday after being questioned for over 12 hours in Lakhimpur Kheri. The police said he had been giving “evasive answers” and not cooperating.
Moreover, the sources claimed that following the interrogation, the SIT recommended the district police to add some more sections of IPC in the FIR lodged against Ashish Mishra as they were not convinced enough with his side of the story about the violence which rocked the Terai district on last Sunday.
After being placed under arrest and interrogated for no less than 12 hours by UP Police, Ashish Misra was produced before a remand magistrate on Saturday night, who ordered him to be sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
Ashish Misra was taken to Lakhimpur jail, where he is currently being held. Police custody remand petition will be heard on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Congress is all set to hold a Kisan Nyay rally in poll-bound UP on Sunday, demanding justice for farmers killed in the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri and the arrest of those responsible.
The driver of BJP functionary Ankit Das, said to be in the second car that knocked down protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, was arrested by crime branch officials on Saturday. During questioning, the driver confessed to dropping Das at the Nepal border after last Sunday’s incident.
It is alleged that the Toyota Fortuner, seen ramming into farmers in the viral video, belonged to Ankit Das and he was in the car when the mishap occurred.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait has called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express grief in Parliament over the death of around 750 farmers during the months-long anti-farm law protests at Delhi’s borders.