Lakhimpur violence case: Accused Ashish Mishra in judicial custody, next hearing on Oct 11
Ashish Mishra, son of MoS Home Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested as he was not cooperating during the interrogation and didn't answer few questions on Saturday.
Lakhimpur: Ashish Mishra, son of MoS Home Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested as he was not cooperating during the interrogation and didn't answer few questions on Saturday.
DIG Upendra Agarwal was heading the monitoring committee investigating the FIR lodged against the minister's son and others in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
Crime Branch produced Ashish Mishra before the Judicial Magistrate. Mishra has been sent to judicial custody for the time being.
"He was later taken to the district jail. Mishra was arrested on the ground of non-cooperation and evasive replies," said DIG Upendra Agarwal.
"The hearing is scheduled on Monday- October 11 over whether he should be given police custody or not. For the time being, he will be in judical cusody. Police had sought 3-day custody, which we had objected to", said Avdesh Kumar, Ashish Mishra's lawyer.
Ashish was named in the FIR as the main accused of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident where four farmers were crushed by a vehicle in which Ashish was allegedly present. Four others were killed in the violence that began after the incident on last Sunday in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri.
The UP cops have issued notice to Ashish Mishra under Section 160 CrPC, which concerns the attendance of witnesses. Legal experts have questioned the notice issued under this section to an accused in a murder case. However, police sources say that a person summoned under Section 160 CrPC can also be arrested based on their statements.
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.