Lakhimpur Kheri farmer's murder: Union Minister's skips police questioning
After Supreme Court took cognizance of the matter and started the hearing, police had issued summons to Ajay Mishra, asked him to appear before the police for questioning. But Minister’s son did not respond to the summons and skipped the questioning.
Lucknow: Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, who is accused in the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday has not turned up for police investigation despite summons issued to him on Thursday.
An SUV, owned by Ajay Mishra mowed down protesting farmers, it was alleged that Ajay Mishra was in that vehicle. After nationwide outrage about the incident, UP police have registered FIR against him but did not arrest Ajay Mishra. After Supreme Court took cognizance of the matter and started the hearing, police had issued summons to the accused and asked him to appear before the police for questioning. But Minister’s son did not respond to the summons and skipped the questioning.
In the Lakhimpur violence, 8 people including four farmers, three BJP workers and one journalist killed. SUV had mowed down protesting farmers who peacefully attended the protest march.
The incident that erupted in Lakhimpur got nationwide outrage, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi reached out to Lakhimpur, consoled family members of the deceased farmers.
Ajay Mishra was asked to appear for questioning at 10 am on Friday morning by the police officer Upendra Agarwal - who is heading the eight-member probe team - kept waiting for him, officials said. He was named in an FIR filed by the farmers who have demanded strict action against him.
In the FIR said, drove into the gathering of protesting farmers amid a peaceful black flag protest. "The incident took place around 3 pm when Ashish Mishra with his three vehicles along with 15-20 men with weapons moved towards Banwaripur meeting place... Ashish, sitting on the left side of his Thar Mahindra fired at the crowd. The vehicle mowed into the people... Due to the firing, farmer Sukhvinder Singh's 22-year-old Son Gurvinder died," reads the FIR.
Police posted notice outside the Union Minister's home, summoning his son. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi, among others, have alleged the police are shielding the high-profile accused.
Meanwhile, after the Supreme Court questioning the UP government regarding its act on FIR, the UP police have arrested two people - Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey on Thursday evening. They were reportedly in the same vehicle that ran over a journalist and farmers, the police said, adding that a total of 13 people are named as accused.
Police have said that they are not shielding or protecting anyone in the case. The law of the land is equal for all. We will ensure that strict action is taken," Police officer, Lakshmi Singh, who is heading the probe.