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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Highlights: Union MoS Ajay Mishra’s son, accused of running over farmers, arrested

UP Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Live, Farmers Protest in Lakhimpur Kheri Highlights: Meanwhile, demanding the arrest of Union MoS Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish, Samyukt Kisan Morcha -- an umbrella body of farmers protesting against the contentious farm laws -- on Saturday called for 'rail roko' on October 18 to protest Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 10, 2021 8:18:49 am
Ashish Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri on Saturday. Mishra was arrested after being questioned for over 12 hours. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastava)

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Highlights: Union MoS Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, accused of running over farmers, was Saturday arrested after over 12 hours of questioning in Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident that left eight persons dead, the police said. “He has been arrested. He will be produced at a court tomorrow,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express.

Meanwhile, demanding the arrest of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) — an umbrella body of farmers protesting against the contentious farm laws — on Saturday called for ‘rail roko’ on October 18 to protest Lakhimpur Kheri violence. “Union Minister Ajay Mishra should be removed and arrested as he started this conspiracy,” SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said, adding that they will burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Dusshera on October 15.

A day after skipping the summons, Ashish Mishra, who has been accused of running over the farmers in Lakhimpur protest site, arrived at the Police Lines for questioning over the violence in the district. He was quizzed for 9 hours by a special investigation team (SIT) team of UP Police. As Ashish reported to the police, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his hunger strike. Sidhu had started fasting on Friday at the Lakhimpur residence of late journalist Raman Kashyap, who was among the eight people killed in the October 3 violence, and vowed to continue it until Ashish reports to the police or is arrested.

Meanwhile, amid demands by the Opposition to arrest the Union Minister’s son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said there will be no injustice with anyone and no action will be taken under any kind of pressure or without evidence. This comes a day after the Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL over the matter, said that it was not satisfied with the steps taken by UP government to address the issue.

On the other hand, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be leading a “Kisan Nyay” rally in Varanasi on Sunday demanding the immediate arrest of the accused and a repeal of the three farm laws.

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21:08 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son questioned for over 9 hrs by SIT

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish was quizzed for 9 hours on Saturday by an SIT of Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the violence that unleashed at a anti-farm law protest site in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.

20:51 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: All that happened today

Demands for sacking of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra and arrest of his son Ashish intensified on Saturday as an umbrella body of farmers’ unions decided to amplify their protests by blocking railway tracks on October 18. Earlier in the day, Ashish Mishra, who has been accused of running over the farmers in Lakhimpur protest site, appeared before the UP Police responding to the second summon issued to him. Here are all the important developments on Lakhimpur Kheri violence case throughout the day.

19:34 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Sena to take part in Oct 11 Maha bandh to support farmers

Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said his party will participate with full force in the October 11 bandh in Maharashtra to protest against the killing of farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri. Addressing a press conference along with NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik and state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant, Raut said it was necessary to wake people up against the anti farmer policies of the Central government. --PTI

19:32 (IST)09 Oct 2021
PM should express grief in Parliament over death of farmers during agri-law protests:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should for once express grief in Parliament over the death of around 750 farmers during the months-long anti-farm law protests on Delhi's borders, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Saturday. He slammed the BJP-led Centre over the minimum support price (MSP) issue, and alleged that the government's assurance that the system would continue is "only on paper" and the farmers want it in reality. Participating in a discussion titled 'Seeds of Wrath: Fears and Facts: How to address the farm crisis' at the India Today Conclave 2021, BJP MP Rajendra Agarwal countered Tikait alleging the protest against the three Central agri laws appeared to be politically motivated. --PTI

16:27 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Culprits being handed over bouquets: Akhilesh Yadav on Lakhimpur violence probe

Attacking the Uttar Pradesh Government over the handling of the probe in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday alleged it was giving "bouquet" to culprits instead of bringing them to book.

The opposition leader's remarks came barely a few hours after Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) formed in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

Ashish Mishra was supposed to appear before the police on Friday, but he did not do so. The Uttar Pradesh Police then issued a fresh notice asking him to appear before it by 11 AM on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters here, Akhilesh Yadav alleged, "The way farmers were crushed, now preparations are on to crush the laws. This government has pulverised the Constitution. "You have seen how a vehicle ran over farmers who were fighting for their rights. The guilty persons are yet to be caught. Instead of giving summons, a flower bouquet is being given. The summon is only in name, and (in reality) 'samman' (honour) is given." --PTI

15:56 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Don't consider those who killed BJP workers in Lakhimpur as culprits: Tikait

"Don't consider those who killed BJP workers in Lakhimpur as culprits, they only reacted to SUV running over protesters," BKU's Rakesh Tikait said.

15:55 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri incident part of pre-planned conspiracy: Farmer leader Darshan Pal

Another farmer leader Darshan Pal said, "Lakhimpur Kheri incident part of a pre-planned conspiracy. They (attackers) tried to terrorise farmers."

15:54 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Govt adopted violent approach against protesting farmers: SKM

"Govt has adopted violent approach against protesting farmers. We won't take path of violence," said farmer leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan. "We demand Union Minister Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish be arrested," he added

15:51 (IST)09 Oct 2021
SKM calls for ‘rail roko’ on October 18, demands arrest of MoS Ajay Mishra, son

Demanding the arrest of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday called for ‘rail roko’ on October 18 to protest Lakhimpur Kheri violence. “Union Minister Ajay Mishra should be removed and arrested as he started this conspiracy,” SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said, adding that they will burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Dusshera on October 15.

13:50 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Background for violence set during Ajay Misra's September 25 speech: SKM

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) said on Saturday that the background for Lakhimpur Kheri violence was set during Ajay Misra's speech on September 25. "He [Ajay Misra] had said that they will throw out those working in Lakhimpur Kheri by taking the land on lease," said SKM's Darshan Pal.

13:32 (IST)09 Oct 2021
SKM asks farmers across country to reach Lakhimpur on October 12

Samyukta Kisan Morcha has appealed to farmers across the country to reach Lakhimpur Kheri on October 12 for the tribute ceremony for the farmers who were killed on October 3.

13:17 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Youth Congress workers stir in Delhi

Indian Youth Congress workers organise protests in Delhi over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. (ANI)

13:05 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Lakhhimpur deaths: UP migrants in Punjab demand swift justice, ‘neta or public, all are equal’

“Powerful people use power to further their own ends. Misuse of power by such people should be stopped,” says Madhur Gupta, who hails from Lakhimpur Kheri and says that he is really upset after the Lakhimpur incident. Gupta works as head electrician at Mishra Boilers in Ludhiana.

He added: “Neta or public, all are equal. So, punishment should be same for all. In this incident, I feel punishment needs to be given to the politician or his contacts. A message should go out that no one is above law. Every life matters. I am extremely upset over this incident.” (Read Raakhi Jagga's report)

12:16 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Sidhu ends hunger protest after Ashish Mishra reports to cops

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his hunger strike after Ashish Mishra reported to the Uttar Pradesh police after responding to the summons issued for questioning in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. Demanding the arrest of Ashish Mishra, Sidhu had started the hunger strike on Friday at the Lakhimpur residence of late journalist Raman Kashyap who died in the October 3 violence. However, with Mishra showing up to the cops for interrogation a day after he dodged an earlier summons, Sidhu has now ended his hunger protest. 

12:02 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Youth Congress to demand resignation of Ajay Misra

Protesting over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) will demand the resignation of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Misra, whose son Ashish Misra allegedly ran his car over farmers.

11:14 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Watch: Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son arrives for questioning
11:11 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Minister's son appears for probe in UP farmers' killing case day after no-show

Ashish Mishra, accused of running over farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, arrived at the Lakhimpur Police lines today for questioning in the violence in the district, a day after skipping the summons.

10:47 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Opinion: Justice is in peril in Lakhimpur Kheri

The BJP appears to be bent on crushing all dissent under the wheels of its arrogance. The deliberate mowing down of four hapless, peacefully protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, is yet another glaring reminder of its disdain for criticism. One of the writers of this article wished to visit Uttar Pradesh to meet the bereaved families and express his condolences on behalf of the Congress party. However, he, along with a few Punjab Congress MLAs, was assaulted and illegally detained by the police at the UP border without any formal legal order. This is in keeping with how the ruling dispensation routinely uses a heavy hand when faced with any demand for accountability. Read our Opinion

10:22 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Ashish Mishra will cooperate with police, says his lawyer

Ashish Mishra’s lawyer on Saturday said that his client will respect the notice and co-operate with the police with regards to the investigation. “Ashish Mishra will appear before the police today,” Awadhesh Kumar said.

09:34 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Sena throws weight behind Oct 11 bandh: ‘Complete shutdown in state’

Two days after the MVA allies announced a state-wide bandh on October 11 to protest against the deaths of eight persons, including four farm protesters, in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, the Shiv Sena on Friday said it was throwing its full weight behind the move and that the state would shut down completely on Monday.

MP Arvind Sawant, chief spokesperson of Shiv Sena and chief of Sena’s labour wing Bharatiya Kamgar Sena (BKS), said that the party and affiliate unions would participate in the bandh. “The farmers, who were protesting peacefully, were crushed to death. The Centre brought contentious farm law and the labour codes [of the Centre] have destroyed the lives of the labourers,” Sawant told mediapersons. Read More

Lakhimpur Kheri: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delegation leaders Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha meet the family of deceased farmer Nachhatar Singh, at Ghanora village in Lakhimpur Kheri, Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI10_06_2021_000235A)

Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Summons for today for Ajay Mishra’s son, two aides held; UP sets up probe

The Lakhimpur Kheri police have summoned Union MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, who is accused in Sunday’s violence in which eight people were killed, for questioning at the district reserve police lines on Friday.

Ashish alias Monu is the only accused named in complaints filed with police. Two of Ashish Mishra’s associates, Ashish Pandey and Luvkush Rana, were arrested on Thursday after police established their involvement in Sunday’s incidents.

Four farmers were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri after they were hit by a cavalcade of three SUVs, including one owned by Minister Ajay Mishra.

Lakhimpur Kheri deaths: In MoS 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.

We want justice, action against whoever had a hand: BJP worker’s family

Phoolmati says she will never forget the video. “There are people surrounding my son and questioning him as he bleeds and begs them for mercy,” the 47-year-old says, breaking down, as police personnel deployed at their house in Jaipra village of Lakhimpur Kheri district keep a watch.

Her son Shyam Sunder Nishad, 30, was the BJP ‘mandal mantri’ for Singahi area of the district. In the video, purportedly made soon after a convoy of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son plouged through protesting farmers in Tikunia on Sunday, an angry group is interrogating Nishad on whether Teni (Mishra) had sent him. They also ask repeatedly if he was sent to “do an accident” deliberately, even as he pleads that was not the case.

Nishad was among the four people believed to have been killed in the violence that followed the Tikunia incident, in which four farmers were crushed.

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