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.