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Lakhimpur Kheri: MoS Ajay Mishra meets Amit Shah; told to resume his routine duties

However, sources close to the Union MoS said later that there was “no indication from the political leadership that he must step down”.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi |
Updated: October 7, 2021 2:37:46 am
Union Ministers Ajay Mishra Teni and Nityanand Rai arrive in North Block (Photo Source: ANI)

AMID CALLS for his resignation from Opposition parties and farm leaders, with his son facing murder charges over the deaths of four farmers in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, Union MoS for Home Ajay Mishra met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi Wednesday and “discussed the situation”, sources told The Indian Express.

However, sources close to the Union MoS said later that there was “no indication from the political leadership that he must step down”. “There is no wrongdoing on the part of the Minister. He has been asked to resume his duties in a routine manner,” the sources said.

The FIR in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident is based on a complaint that alleges a “pre-planned conspiracy” by the Union MoS and his son Ashish in the killings — and that his son was in the vehicle that mowed down the farmers, and “fired shots and crushed people while moving forward”.

Sources said Mishra’s meeting with Shah lasted for about 40 minutes during which the MoS also “discussed strategy” to handle the situation. The meeting took place after Mishra attended office at North Block for the first time after Sunday’s incident.

Sources said the MoS reached his office around 11 am and met Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) chief Balaji Srivastava to confirm his presence as chief guest at an event organised by the agency Thursday. Mishra will address the 7th Conference of Heads of Prisons of States and Union Territories at the event.

After spending about half-an-hour in office, he moved out to meet Shah before returning to wrap up pending work, officials said, adding that the Minister left at 6.15 pm.

Mishra’s schedule for the next few days is packed, they said. Apart from the BPR&D function, he will hold a meeting on official languages at Vigyan Bhawan, inaugurate a “porta hut” for CISF in Dwarka Friday and attend department meetings. He is also slated to visit the Northeast over the weekend.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Shah, Mishra insisted on his son’s innocence and maintained that he was not present at the spot of the incident. “The investigations are happening in a fair manner and multiple agencies are working. No one is under any pressure,” he said.

Sources close to the Minister claimed that there is evidence to show that his son was at a dangal (wrestling competition) in his village and not at the spot of the incident. The Minister, however, has not yet released any photograph or video to support the claim.

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