Lakhimpur Kheri violence: UP police issues summons to Union Minister’s son
The Uttar Pradesh police have issued summons to Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra for his alleged involvement in the killing of four farmers
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police have summoned Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra in connection to the killing of four farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
Despite registering FIR against Ashish Mishra on Monday, the police did not take any action, after the Supreme Court taking cognizance of the matter and directing the UP government to submit a status report about the case, the police have swung into action by summoning the minister’s son for questioning.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanded the arrest of the Minister’s son.
“Summons have been issued to Ashish Mishra and he has been asked to attend the police enquiry in the case”, the UP police have confirmed, NDTV reported.
Further police clarified that police have no intention to shield anyone. Police will take strict action against the accused, law is equal for all, police said.
However, sources said that Police action of issuing summons came after Supreme Court taking suo-motu case and directed the UP government to submit the status report in the matter.
It was alleged that an SUV belongs to the minister’s son ran over protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. Video of fast-moving SUV ran over farmers, killed four farmers on the spot.
Farmers have alleged that Ashish had fired a gunshot at farmers, police have recovered two cartridges recovered from the spot.
"We need to know whom you registered an FIR against and how many have you arrested," said the bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana. The status report also has to include details of the eight persons killed.