Union Minister’s Son Denied Bail In UP Farmers Killing Case, 1 More Sent To Police Custody

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Eight people, including four farmers, were run over by the owner of the SUV by the minister. (File photo)

Ashish Mishra, son of Union Home Minister of State Ajay Mishra, was denied bail by a court on Wednesday in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

Senior Prosecution Officer (SPO) SP Yadav told PTI that Chief Magistrate Chinta Ram had rejected bail requests from Ashish Mishra and his alleged accomplice Ashish Pandey.

Ashish Mishra, who was arrested on October 9 by the special investigative team after 12 hours of questioning, was sent to three days in police custody from Tuesday.

The court also placed Shekhar Bharti, arrested on Tuesday, in police custody for three days.

Police have so far arrested four people in connection with the case – Ashish Mishra, Luvkush, Ashish Pandey and Bharti.

An Ankit Das, who is said to be a close friend of Ashish Mishra, appeared before SIT at the Lakhimpur Criminal Branch office earlier today.

Investigators summoned Das for questioning in connection with the October 3 violence that left eight people dead, including four farmers.

Das is the nephew of former minister Akhilesh Das and the black SUV that allegedly overthrew the four farmers is said to be his.

At around 11 a.m., Das and a team of lawyers arrived at the criminal police office in the area reserved for police lines, police said.

On Tuesday, Das and another identified as Latif had filed a request for postponement before the chief justice.

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