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Minister’s Son Arrested In Lakhimpur Kheri Case, Could Not Back Up Alibi, Say Sources: 10 Facts

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Ashish Mishra had denied being present at the scene of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

Lakhimpur Kheri, UP:
Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish, accused of crushing farmers in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Saturday after being questioned for more than 12 hours in Lakhimpur Kheri. Police said he gave “elusive answers” and did not cooperate.

Here are the 10 main points of this great story:

  1. Ashish Mishra was arrested five days after being named in a murder case. The charges against him generally deserve immediate arrest and questions have been raised as to whether he received VIP treatment because of his father. He also skipped summons a day ago.

  2. According to prominent sources within the Uttar Pradesh Police Force, the minister’s son was unable to explain several points regarding his fate during the incident last Sunday. Witnesses said he was absent from the event where he said it was between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., the location of his phone showed him closer to the crime scene and the driver of the SUV who hit the farmers did not seem to match his description.

  3. The senior UP police officer, who waited three hours for Ashish Mishra to show up on Friday, interrogated him late into the night after he was brought in through a backdoor, assisting him to avoid the giggles of the media. In another questionable move, UP cops had sent a notice to Ashish Mishra under a section of the law that concerns the presence of witnesses – not the accused.

  4. The arrest came a day after the Supreme Court reminded the government of Uttar Pradesh that the law must run its course against “anyone involved” amid national outrage over the incident and pressure growing groups of farmers.

  5. “What message are you sending? Even under normal circumstances… won’t the police immediately arrest the accused? are only words and not deeds, “he added. Judge NV Ramana said in a sharp rebuke.

  6. After his son’s no-show a day ago, Minister Ajay Mishra said Ashish Mishra would make an appearance on Saturday. He said his son could not respond to the summons due to poor health.

  7. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR filed by farmers who said he drove into a rally of protesters shouting slogans amid a peaceful black flag protest last Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers and four from the convoy, died in the incident and the violence it sparked.

  8. Although the Union Minister’s son admits that the SUV that crushed the farmers belongs to him, but maintains that he was not there. His team said he produced around 150 images to show he was not in the car that crushed the farmers.

  9. Two people – Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey – were arrested on Thursday as the case reached the Supreme Court. They were reportedly in the same vehicle that ran over a journalist and farmers, police said.

  10. Prohibiting any action in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident under any pressure, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stressed that his government “will not arrest anyone on the basis of allegations.” Attacking opposition leaders rushing to meet families affected by the incident, the chief minister said: “These are not messengers of goodwill.

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