- UP police under political pressure
- Criticism of the Supreme Court
- Summoned again
Four farmers were killed in a road accident in Lakhimpur Kheri when a vehicle rammed into a group of protesting farmers. The court ruled yesterday that the incident was a murder. The apex court had also asked why the arrest of Ashish Mishra was delayed. The delay in registering an FIR against Ashish Mishra has also drawn criticism. However, the police had issued a notice asking him to appear. Police have also issued alert in and around Lakhimpur Kheri where the violence took place.
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The accused in the case, Ashish Mishra, is the son of Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra Theni. The BJP has accused the Union Minister’s son of being the culprit in the case ahead of the UP Assembly elections. Eight farmers were killed in Lakhimpur when vehicles collided and clashes erupted in the area. The arrest of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi by the UP police while she was visiting their families had provoked huge protests from the opposition. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself has come out against Ashish Mishra after the incident turned into a political marriage. In this context, there are some unconfirmed reports that Ashish Mishra may be arrested today.
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Earlier, Ashish Mishra was summoned to appear as a witness in the case but he did not appear. However, Union Minister Ajay Mishra had said that his son was not there due to health reasons. But after this, the UP police posted a notice in front of the minister’s residence asking him to appear for questioning.
The violence erupted on Sunday when farmers were protesting during a visit by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Two vehicles rammed into a group of protesting farmers on the road. Footage of this was also released. According to the FIR, one of the vehicles was driven by Ashish Mishra. Ashish Mishra, who has responded to the channels claiming that he is innocent, has not yet appeared for questioning.
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