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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Live Updates: SIT takes Ashish Mishra, 3 others to recreate sequence of events

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Case Live Updates: Two more persons were on Wednesday arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur violence, while a court here denied bail to the main accused, Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: October 14, 2021 8:17:25 pm
Union MoS Ajay Mishra Teni's son Ashish Mishra after arrest in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: The SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Thursday took Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra and three others arrested in the case to recreate the sequence of events leading to the incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikonia village. Amid tight security, the three accused were taken to the site of the incident on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road, around 60 km from district headquarters Lakhimpur city, police said.

Meanwhile, a local court in Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday denied bail to Ashish Mishra, the main accused in the murder of four farmers and a journalist who were allegedly run over by a convoy of SUVs, including a Thar jeep owned by his father and Union minister Ajay Mishra. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of UP Police, meanwhile, arrested two more persons — 38-year-old Ankit Das and 37-year-old Lateef alias Kala — in connection with the incident, taking the total number of arrests in the case to six.

Despite his arrest, Ashish, popular as Monu Bhaiyya in Banveerpur — Union minister Ajay Mishra’s village, most villagers vouch for his innocence. According to a villager, Banveerpur fears the Mishra family. “No one will say anything against Ashish or anyone from his family even after he killed four people. Such is their stature in the village,” alleges the 37-year-old farmer. Read our profile on the Mishras, here

UP Law Minister Brijesh Pathak Wednesday became the first senior BJP leader to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, 10 days after the violence in the area. But the Minister left after visiting the families of two of those killed: BJP worker Shubham Mishra and MoS Ajay Mishra’s driver Hari Om Mishra. He did not meet the families of four others from the area who lost their lives. When contacted by The Indian Express, Pathak said: “I will visit their families of Nishad and Kashyap as soon as the situation normalises in that region as they live close to the spot where the incident took place.”

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Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Live Updates: Ashish Mishra remains his father’s political heir in his village; First visit by senior BJP leader, skips farmer homes; Ashish Mishra denied bail, two more arrested; Congress delegation meets President, demands sacking of MoS Ajay Mishra. Follow for more updates

20:17 (IST)14 Oct 2021
BJP leader seeks sacking of Union MoS Ajay Mishra

BJP leader Ram Iqbal Singh Thursday accused Union minister Ajay Mishra of being behind the Lakhimpur violence and sought his sacking from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that questions are also being raised about the prime minister for not sacking the minister. 

Alleging that Mishra was behind the violence, Singh, also a BJP state executive member, said his "threatening statement" added fuel to the fire.

"His son crushed farmers to death under his car. He was arrested after the intervention of the Supreme Court, but even today the minister is sitting on the chair. In such a situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack him immediately," Singh told mediapersons.

He further said that the image of the BJP government has been "tarnished" by the Lakhimpur incident and the Gorakhpur businessman murder case. (PTI)

18:39 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Tikait unhappy with probe into Lakhimpur violence case

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing investigation into the Lakhimpur violence case on Thursday and said the "red-carpet arrest" of MoS Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish has fuelled anger among protesting farmers.

Demanding dismissal of Ajay Mishra, Tikait said there cannot be a fair investigation in the case if the accused person's father continues to hold the chair.

"The red carpet arrest of the minister's son who is the main accused in the incident has fuelled anger among the protesting farmers," the BKU leader told newspersons. "The whole world understands that no justice can be given if the minister whose son is being investigated continues to hold his chair," Tikait said at a function in Tappal town. 

Expressing dissatisfaction over the ongoing probe, he claimed that the minister was influencing the SIT investigation. He reiterated that the protest against the Lakhimpur violence would intensify if Ajay Mishra was not removed from his post. (PTI)

18:09 (IST)14 Oct 2021
SIT takes Union minister's son, 3 others to recreate sequence of events

The SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Thursday took Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra and three others arrested in the case to recreate the sequence of events leading to the incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikonia village. Amid tight security, the three accused were taken to the site of the incident on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road, around 60 km from district headquarters Lakhimpur city, police said.

Eight people died in the October 3 violence and of them, four were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Infuriated farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles. The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver. In the incident, a journalist was also killed. Farmers claimed that Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, an allegation denied by him and his father who say they can produce evidence to prove he was at an event at that time. (PTI)

13:58 (IST)14 Oct 2021
In apparent message to govt, Varun Gandhi shares clip of Vajpayee's speech in support of farmers

BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Thursday posted on Twitter a short clip of a speech of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1980 in which he warns the then Indira Gandhi government against repressing farmers and extends his support to them. 

Gandhi tweeted, "Wise words from a big-hearted leader..." The BJP MP has been vocal in empathising with farmers agitating against the three agri laws enacted by the Modi government and sharing Vajpayee's speech is seen as his message to the central government. 

In the video clip, Vajpayee is heard telling a gathering that farmers cannot be scared. "If the government will suppress (farmers), misuse laws and repress a peaceful agitation, then we will not shy away from joining the farmers' struggle and standing with them," he is heard saying.

12:44 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Ticket hopes dented, but Ashish remains his father’s political heir in his village

At Banveerpur, Union minister Ajay Mishra’s village, most are willing to testify that his son Ashish Mishra was present at the venue of a wrestling event on October 3 when a convoy of vehicles, including one owned by his father, mowed down a group of farmers, killing four of them and a journalist.

Despite his arrest, Ashish, popular as Monu Bhaiyya, most villagers vouch for his innocence.

For them, among his three siblings, Ashish, the eldest, remains Ajay Mishra’s political and business heir. “After Teniji [Ajay Mishra] became the MP from Lakhimpur Kheri seat, it was Monu Bhaiyya who took over his reign in the district. People who would come to meet Teniji to resolve their issues started meeting Monu Bhaiyya,” says Akash Mittal, the 32-year-old pradhan of Banveerpur. Read more

A wall graffiti in support of Ashish Mishra at Nighasan in Lakhimpur Kheri. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)
11:38 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Yogi Adityanath, Ajay Mishra must resign: Sharad Pawar

On Lakhimpur Kheri violence, NCP chief Sharad Pawar targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for inaction. “UP CM Yogi Adityanath has abdicated his responsibility… by not taking action against those involved. He along with the Union Minister of State for Home need to resign,” Pawar said.

Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, is the main accused in the death of four farmers in the case.

10:37 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Protest outside Delhi Police headquarters against 'sexual assault' of two women students

Various civil society groups on Wednesday protested outside the Delhi Police headquarters here against the alleged sexual assault of two women students by police personnel during a recent protest, prompting the force to set up a panel to probe the claims. The Left-affiliated All India Students' Association (AISA) had on Tuesday alleged that two women students were sexually assaulted by Delhi Police personnel while they were protesting outside Union Home Minister Amit Shah's residence here on October 10. The allegations were rejected by the police as "totally baseless."

09:46 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Akhilesh attacks 'chillumjeevi' Adityanath, says BJP will never act against Union minister Mishra

Lashing out at the BJP, Samajwadi Party (SP)president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said the saffron party would never act against the Union minister whose son has been arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur killings as it "stands with criminals", who are the happiest under the current regime. 

In an indirect reference to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he used the term "chillumjeevi". "Chillum" is a smoking pipe often used by "sadhus". On his "Vijay Rath Yatra" here, Yadav said Adityanath has a liking for two things -- the bull and the bulldozer -- but the people of Bundelkhand have decided that the steering of the bulldozer, which is in their hands, will be snatched from him in next year's Assembly election. "They will run the bulldozer of votes on the BJP in the coming polls," he said. (PTI)

08:38 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Govt using UAPA to suppress voices against it: RLD's Jayant Chaudhary

The Centre is using the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to "suppress" the voices of people who speak against the government, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Jayant Chaudhary alleged on Wednesday. He also hit out at the Centre for not taking action against Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra 'Teni', whose son has been arrested as an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that left eight people, including four farmers, dead.

"The prime minister (Narendra Modi) should have got the Union MoS Home arrested but he was not arrested and instead called to Delhi where the Union Home Minister (Amit Shah) made him sit by his side and sent him back with his blessings to continue his work which is to crush the farmers, suppress the voices being raised against them," he told the gatherings, according to an RLD statement.

"There is a law, UAPA, which is used for the prevention of terrorist incidents. Today the same law is used by the government to stop the voices being raised against it. Since Modi ji has come to power, 8,300 cases have been registered under UAPA. This law is being used against those who speak against the government," he alleged.

22:24 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: Ashish Mishra denied bail, two more arrested

Two more persons were on Wednesday arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur violence, while a court here denied bail to the main accused, Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra.

Ankit Das and Latif alias Kale, who appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), were taken in custody after questioning and produced in court which sent them in judicial remand for 14 days, official sources said.

With this, the total number of people arrested in connection with the mowing down of four farmers here on October 3 has gone to six. Read More

14:22 (IST)13 Oct 2021
UP law minister meets kin of BJP worker, driver killed in Lakhimpur violence

Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brijesh Pathak on Wednesday met the families of a BJP worker and car driver killed in the October 3 violence here.
 
The minister arrived in the district without any official protocol and visited the family of party worker Shubham Mishra in Shivpuri locality and driver Hariom Mishra in Parsehra Khurd village in Phardhan (Kheri) police limits, BJP sources said.
 
Eight people were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3. Of the eight killed, four were farmers, who were allegedly knocked down by a car carrying BJP workers travelling to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to an event in the area. Two BJP workers and a driver were allegedly killed by the farmers. (PTI)

13:13 (IST)13 Oct 2021
In letter to Kovind, Congress delegation demands justice for Lakhimpur Kheri victims

In a letter addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind, the delegation of Congress leaders demanded justice for the victims of violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. They also called for an independent judicial investigation and the dismissal of MoS Home Affairs, Ajay Mishra. Read the full letter. 

12:10 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Congress delegation meets President, demands sacking of MoS Ajay Mishra

A delegation of Congress leaders, led by former party president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the immediate dismissal of Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The delegation of senior Congress leaders also presented a memorandum of facts about the Lakhimpur Kheri incident to the President.

The delegation also comprised Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury besides Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

11:19 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri violence 'absolutely condemnable', says Sitharaman

The Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which four farmers were killed, is "absolutely condemnable," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, emphasising that there are issues of such nature happening in other parts of India equally which should be raised "when they happen and not when it suits others" because there is a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Sitharaman, who is on an official visit to the US, was responding to a question during a conversation at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday about the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri and the arrest of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra. (PTI)

10:59 (IST)13 Oct 2021
AISA alleges Delhi police personnel sexually assaulted 2 women students during Lakhimpur Kheri protest

The left-affiliated All India Students' Association (AISA) Tuesday alleged two women students were sexually assaulted by Delhi police personnel while they were part of a protest on Sunday near Home Minister Amit Shah's residence, demanding the expulsion of MoS Ajay Mishra over the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The allegations were rejected as "totally baseless" by the force. The AISA has called for a protest on Wednesday outside the Delhi Police Headquarters at Ashoka Road here against the alleged assault. (PTI)

09:04 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Rahul Gandhi-led Congress delegation to meet President Kovind

A delegation of Congress leaders, led by Rahul Gandhi, is set to meet President Ram Nath Kovind today to address the violence that broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri, in which eight people were killed. The delegation will submit a memorandum on the facts of the October 3 violence to the President, the party said.

The delegation will also comprise Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury besides Rahul Gandhi.

09:03 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri deaths: SIT arrests driver of SUV in convoy

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of eight people in Lakhimpur Kheri on Tuesday arrested the driver of one of the SUVs that was part of the convoy which ran over a group of protesting farmers on October 3, the police said.

While four protesters and allegedly a journalist were run over, three others were killed in the subsequent violence.

The accused, Shekhar Bharti, was behind the wheel of one of three vehicles involved in the incident, police said. They said it was owned by Ankit Das, a close aide of Ashish Mishra, Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, and nephew of former Rajya Sabha MP and UPA minister Akhilesh Das, police said. Read the full report here. 

22:42 (IST)12 Oct 2021
'Political ardas' by Opposition parties in Lakhimpur a 'flop show': UP govt spokesperson

The "political ardas" organised by the opposition parties in Lakhimpur Kheri in the name of paying tributes to the farmers who died in violence there was a "flop show", a UP government spokesperson said on Tuesday. The state government spokesperson further said people of Lakhimpur have "shown the mirror" to the opposition, which was out on a campaign to "divide society for vote bank".

"Not only in Lakhimpur, people of the entire state are satisfied with quick decisions of the Yogi Adityanath government on the Lakhimpur incident," he claimed. "This was proved by the fact that the leaders of the opposition parties, who claimed to have gathered a crowd of 50,000, could not mobilise even 1,000 people," he said.

"Not only this, the opposition unity on the vote bank politics on farmers collapsed when Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who shed crocodile tears, was not even given a chance to speak from the stage," the spokesperson said. (PTI)

21:35 (IST)12 Oct 2021
In pics | Protests held in Bengaluru against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Farmers' supporters and activists held a protest with candles and placards against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

(PTI Photos)
20:54 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Watch | Candle march held in Punjab to pay tribute to victims of Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Candle marches were held all over Punjab to pay tribute to the victims of the violence in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri.

Lakhimpur Kheri, Ashish Mishra, Ajay Mishra, Ankit Das, Lucknow, Lucknow news, Indian express, Indian express news, current affairs Ashish Mishra at the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur on Saturday. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastava)

On October 3, a convoy of three vehicles drove through a crowd of protesting farmers in Tikonia, Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. One of the cars belonged to Union Minister Ajay Mishra, and his son, Ashish, is alleged to have been behind the wheel. Four farmers were killed in the incident, while four others, including the Minister's driver, two BJP workers and a journalist, died in subsequent protests.

While Ajay Mishra has maintained his son was not present at the site of the accident, Ashish was arrested last Saturday and has been in police custody. The police has said he was "evasive" during questioning, and sought a 14-day remand. The BJP has rallied behind the Union Minister, while the Opposition has targetted the government for the violence against farmers.

Lakhimpur Kheri deaths: SIT arrests driver of SUV in convoy

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of eight people in Lakhimpur Kheri on Tuesday arrested the driver of one of the SUVs that was part of the convoy which ran over a group of protesting farmers on October 3, the police said.

While four protesters and allegedly a journalist were run over, three others were killed in the subsequent violence.

The accused, Shekhar Bharti, was behind the wheel of one of three vehicles involved in the incident, police said. They said it was owned by Ankit Das, a close aide of Ashish Mishra, Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, and nephew of former Rajya Sabha MP and UPA minister Akhilesh Das, police said.

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