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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Highlights: Ashish Mishra sent to 3-day police custody

UP Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Live, Farmers Protest in Lakhimpur Kheri Live News: Ashish was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles in the convoy that mowed down four farmers at the anti-farm law protest site in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: October 12, 2021 8:27:13 am
Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra being taken from the Crime Branch office to be produced before a magistrate, in Lakhimpur Kheri, on Saturday. (PTI)

Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, who was arrested last week after nearly 12 hours of questioning in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, has been sent to three-day police remand.

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Ashish was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles in the convoy that mowed down four farmers at the anti-farm law protest site in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, where they were protesting UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit on October 3.

Meanwhile, BJP sources said on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a final call on MoS Ajay Mishra’s resignation once the police probe is completed. At least three senior party leaders The Indian Express spoke to pointed out that the Union Minister has denied his son’s involvement in the incident and that the police have not found any evidence against him.

In other news, bus services across Mumbai were shut following incidents of stone pelting at some places in the wake of the Maharashtra bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Eight BEST buses and one leased bus were vandalized between midnight yesterday and this morning in Dharavi, Mankhurd, Shivaji Nagar, Charkop, Oshiwara, Deonar and Inorbit Mall. Several shops and establishments across the state remained shut in solidarity with the bandh across the state.

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Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Highlights: Congress leaders stage maun vrat; Shops shut, bus services hit amid Maharashtra bandh; UP Police gets three-day custody of Ashish Mishra/

20:31 (IST)11 Oct 2021
'Rename Bahraich village after Lakhimpur violence victim'

According to PTI, the Sikh community of Bahraich and relatives of a farmer killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence have demanded that the victim's village be named after him.

Bahraich's Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha president Mandeep Singh Walia said the demand to rename Moharnia village as "Gurvinder Nagar" has been made to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath through the state minorities commission.

An 11-member delegation, led by commission member Parvinder Singh, had met families of the violence victims last week.

18:34 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Centre neither care about farmers or BJP workers: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Monday said that by not dismissing Mos Ajay Mishra, BJP is obstructing the process of justice in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. "The central government neither cares about the farmers nor the BJP workers who were killed," he said in a tweet. 

18:24 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Gujarat Cong demands SC-monitored inquiry

The Gujarat Congress on Monday staged a silent protest against the killing of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh on October 3 and demanded an inquiry into the incident under the direct supervision of a Supreme Court judge.

Newly appointed Gujarat Congress in-charge Raghu Sharma, who is Health Minister in the Rajasthan government, led the silent protest organised by the party outside the Mahatma Gandhi-founded Kochrab Ashram in Paldi area of the city. (PTI)

17:10 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Priyanka Gandhi leads silent protest demanding removal of Union Minister

Congress leaders led by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra staged a silent protest here on Monday demanding the dismissal of Union minister Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. 

Congress workers and leaders, including state president Ajay Kumar Lallu, Legislature Party leader Aradhana Mishra, leader in the Legislative Council Dipak Singh among others were also present.

16:36 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Ashish Mishra sent to 3-day police remand

MoS Ajay Mishra Teni's son Ashish Mishra has been sent to three-day police remand with conditions, SP Yadav, Prosecution Advocate was quoted as saying by ANI.

15:57 (IST)11 Oct 2021
No politician to be on stage during final prayers for 4 farmers killed 

No politician will be allowed to share the stage with farmer leaders at the Tuesday 'antim ardas' prayers for the four farmers who were killed in the violence here on October 3, news agency PTI reported.

"The 'antim ardas' for all the deceased farmers will be held on Tuesday at Tikonia," BKU-Tikait's district president Amandeep Singh was quoted as saying by the news agency. 

On whether politicians will be part of the prayers, BKU-Tikait district vice president Balkar Singh said, "No political leader will be allowed to share the stage where only Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders will be present." The SKM is an umbrella organisation of farmer unions and it is spearheading the protest against three farm laws, which were enacted last year.

15:35 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Priyanka on silent protest in Lucknow demanding removal of Ajay Mishra

A day after her rally in Varanasi, Priyanka Gandhi sits on silent protest in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Lucknow, demanding removal of MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra.

14:28 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Delhi Cong leaders, workers stage maun vrat to protest Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Delhi Congress leaders and workers sat on a 'maun vrat' near the lieutenant governor's office in New Delhi on Monday to protest the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and demand the resignation of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar and former Union ministers Ashwini Kumar and Krishna Tirath were among those who attended the protest.

"Congress is staging 'maun vrat satyagrah' outside offices of governors and lieutenant governors in states and UTs, demanding resignation and arrest of Union minister of state for home (Ajay Mishra), who may influence the probe in the Lakhimpur incident," Kumar said before starting the protest.

Indian Youth Congress leaders and workers also sat on a 'maun vrat' at the Jantar Mantar.

13:47 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Congress leaders Bhai Jagtap, Nana Patole protest outside Raj Bhavan in Mumbai

Congress leaders held a sit-in at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole and Mumbai chief Bhai Jagtap were part of the protest agains the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

13:12 (IST)11 Oct 2021
‘MVA govt fighting for rights of farmers across India’: Sanjay Raut on Maharshtra bandh

“Today’s bandh is to protest the Lakhimpur Kheri incident where innocent farmers were killed by those enjoying political power,” Shiv Sena MP Raut said, speaking to media outside his residence in Mumbai.

On reports of stone-pelting in some places in the state, Raut said, “When you hold demonstrations some untoward incidents like stone-pelting on buses, etc takes place. This has been the phenomenon across the world.”

Commenting on BJPs traders association protest and some leaders threatening to foil the bandh, Raut said, ” I dare them to come out in street and declare their stand. If anybody tries to counter the band they will face the ramifications.”

“From what we noticed the bandh is a success. Maharashtra has given a loud message — atrocities against farmers will not be tolerated,” Raut added. Read more.

11:51 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Maharashtra: BEST bus services shut in Mumbai after stone pelting

Bus services of the  Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) were closed in Mumbai on Monday after incidents of stone pelting at some places here in the wake of the Maharashtra bandh called by three ruling parties in the state to protest the killing of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri district, officials said. Nine buses, including one hired on lease, were damaged in areas like Dharavi, Mankhurd, Shivaji Nagar, Charkop, Oshiwara, Deonar and near Inorbit Mall here early morning, said a statement issued by BEST, which is the transport undertaking of the city civic body. "The BEST administration has called for police protection and buses will be operated from all depots after reviewing the situation," the statement said.

11:06 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Don't indulge in stone pelting: Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik urges people to maintain peace during the protest. "MVA's call for bandh today against killings in Lakhimpur Kheri (in UP) has received support from Left & some other parties and trade unions. The bandh is being observed peacefully across Maharashtra with widespread public support. There are reports about stone pelting at some places, which is not right. No one should indulge in such activities... We demand the resignation/termination of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra," he said, news agency ANI reported

10:52 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Pune's APMC, Nashik's onion trading market support bandh

Agriculture Produce Markets Committee in Pune has lent its support to the state-wide bandh in solidarity with the farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Trading and other work in APMC will remain closed till the afternoon.

The country's biggest onion trading market, Lasalgaon, in Nashik has also stopped all its work in support of the bandh.

Meanwhile, traders in Nagpur showed a mixed response to the bandh in the early morning as some supported the bandh while others did not.

10:06 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Maharashtra BJP Traders Association oppose bandh called by MVA

The Maharashtra BJP Traders Association has opposed the bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state. 

The association in a statement issued on Monday said, " The traders have gone through very difficult times due to Covid 19 pandemic. They incurred huge financial loss due to Covid 19 lockdown for the last year. The MVA government has not announced any financial package or incentives to help the traders. Instead, it has now given a clarion call to the traders to participate in bandh which is shocking."

"The festival season which has started from Navratri is very significant for traders. Every day is important for business. After a year, business is gradually picking up. Any attempt by the state government to force the shops in name of protest or band will be counterproductive," it further said. 

While stating that the traders association was not against farmers, it urged the state government to provide generous relief package to farmers who are devastated by recent floods in Maharashtra. (ENS, Mumbai)

10:00 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Establishments across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai shut

Most establishments in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai are shut in support of the MVA's call for a state-wide bandh to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Lesser than normal traffic was seen on Navi Mumbai streets.

09:32 (IST)11 Oct 2021
UP Police to seek further custody of Ashish Mishra today

The Uttar Pradesh Police will file an application before a court on Monday seeking further custody of accused Ashish Mishra in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people, including four farmers, earlier this month. The local court in Lakhimpur Kheri will hear the matter on October 11 on whether Ashish Mishra should be sent to police custody or not. Ashish, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, was arrested on Saturday, after 12 hours of interrogation by the Crime Branch of Uttar Pradesh. During the interrogation, his mobile was also seized for investigation.

09:30 (IST)11 Oct 2021
MVA allies gear up for bandh; BJP calls it playing politics

The Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP will be working together in close coordination to ensure the success of the October 11 state-wide bandh, which was announced by the three parties last week. On Wednesday, the state cabinet presided over by CM Uddhav Thackeray had passed a resolution expressing regret over the deaths in Lakhimpur Kheri. The ministers had condoled the deaths and stood in silence for two minutes as a mark of respect. The Shiv Sena and Congress had subsequently expressed their support for the bandh, with both parties claiming that they would actively participate and ensure that the bandh is a success.

The opposition BJP criticised the bandh call and said that parties are playing politics over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Read More

09:29 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur violence: Police launch raids to trace Ashish’s ‘friend’

After the arrest of Union MoS Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra on murder charges, the UP Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Lakhimpur Kheri incident has started conducting raids to trace a relative of former Congress MP, the late Akhilesh Das, for questioning in the case, The Indian Express has learnt. On Monday, the police are also likely to seek custody of launch raids to trace ex-Cong MP’s nephew. (Read Manish Sahu's report)

21:57 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Ashish Mishra sent to 14-day judicial custody, under Covid quarantine in jail

Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, who was arrested on Saturday after nearly 12 hours of questioning in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

A medical team examined the accused in the crime branch office Saturday late at night after which he was taken to court for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to judicial custody, PTI reported. Read more

19:56 (IST)10 Oct 2021
No hope for justice in Lakhimpur case till Ajay Mishra is a minister: AAP MP Sanjay Singh

ustice is not possible in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case so long as the father of accused Ashish continues to remain a Union minister, AAP MP Sanjay Singh said Sunday, demanding the sacking of Ajay Kumar Mishra as a minister of state for home affairs. He alleged the BJP and the Yogi Adityanath government "tried their best to save" Mishra's son Ashish but he had to be arrested as no other option was left before the Uttar Pradesh government after the Supreme Court intervened in the matter. "As long as Ajay Mishra continues to remain a minister of state for home affairs, justice cannot be done in this case," Singh, who has been camping in Uttar Pradesh, said in a video message. --PTI

Indian Youth Congress members stage over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: PTI)

Facing murder charges over the Lakhimpur incident, Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, was arrested late Saturday night, after questioning that lasted the entire day. Having skipped the first summons issued to him, Ashish, 40, appeared before the SIT investigating the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, that had left eight dead, at 10.30 am on Saturday — just in time for the second notice.

Around 11 pm at night, DIG Upendra Kumar Agrawal, heading the SIT, told reporters: “We found that he was not cooperating. He was not telling certain things. On ground of non-cooperation and evasive replies, we are taking Ashish into custody. He will be produced in court tomorrow. We will do sustained custodial interrogation.”

However, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the farmers’ agitation, demanded MoS Mishra’s arrest as well on charges of spreading disharmony, and murder and conspiracy, and his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers, warning protests across the country if the demands were not met.

In Union Minister’s district, a pending plea, a fearful family

On Monday, a day after a vehicle owned by him was among three that mowed down four farm protesters in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, Ajay Mishra declared that there was no case pending against him. What the Lakhimpur Kheri MP chose to omit was this: There is a revision petition pending in the Allahabad High Court against his acquittal in a murder case from 2000.

Members of the family that filed the petition say they now live in constant fear. “We are taking all precautions since the opposite party is now the Union Minister of State for Home,” says Rajeev Gupta (45), a businessman in Lakhimpur Kheri. Gupta’s elder brother, Prabhat Gupta, was gunned down on July 8, 2000, “while he had stepped out for shopping”. Prabhat was 28 at the time. Mishra and three others — Subhash alias Mama, Shashi Bhushan and Rakesh alias Dalu — were booked in the case with Prabhat’s family alleging that the murder was a fallout of “political rivalry”.

Lakhimpur Kheri: Meet the Mishras

With the Lakhimpur Kheri case turning into a political hot button issue ahead of the UP elections next year, the spotlight is on Ajay Kumar Mishra, the Union MoS whose son now faces a murder case. The Sunday Express traces Mishra’s journey — from the ‘Teni Maharaj’ who settled village disputes to the two-time MP who found a spot in the Union Cabinet as the sole Brahmin face from UP.

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