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Lakhimpur Kheri case: Take a call on Ankit Das’s medical plea as per jail manual, orders court

Ankit, who is the nephew of former Union minister Akhilesh Das, said in his application he has been undergoing treatment for lumbar disc prolapse at a Lucknow hospital. He urged the court to allow him to go for a check-up and get the jail authorities to provide him with a surgical chair.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: December 6, 2021 4:32:03 am
Police had re-created the sequence of events that took place on October 3 in Tikonia village. (PTI/File)

A local court in Lakhimpur Kheri district has directed the district prison to look into a petition filed by Ankit Das, who is among the 13 men accused of killing four farmers and a journalist in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, for the treatment of a medical condition. The court on Saturday directed the prison administration to take a decision as per the jail manual.

Ankit, who is the nephew of former Union minister Akhilesh Das, has claimed in his application that he has been undergoing treatment for lumbar disc prolapse for a long time in a Lucknow hospital, and urged the court to allow him to undergo a check-up and get the jail authorities to provide him with a surgical chair.

District government counsel SP Yadav said Das requested the court to direct the jail authorities to send him to to the hospital concerned in police custody. He also offered to bear the expenditure for the surgical chair.

“On the letter, the court directed the jail authorities to look into the matter and decide on it according to the jail manual,” Yadav added.

On October 3, a convoy of three SUVs, including a Mahindra Thar owned by Union minister Ajay Mishra, ran over a group of farmers protesting at the Tikonia crossing. Four farmers and a journalist were among those killed. Soon after, two BJP leaders and the driver of the Thar were lynched. The crowd also damaged and set ablaze two vehicles, including the Mahindra Thar. One of the other vehicles in the convoy belongs to Ankit Das.

The UP Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) has arrested 13 people, including Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra who was allegedly in the Thar when the farmers and the journalist were mowed down. Four people have been arrested in connection with the lynching of the BJP leaders and the driver. All the accused are currently in the Lakhimpur Kheri district jail.

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