A day after, the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction with the Uttar Pradesh government. Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested. Police arrested him after over 11 hours of questioning in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence. DIG Upendra Agarwal, heading the special investigation team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh Police probing the case. He told reporters that Ashish Mishra was not cooperating during the interrogation. We are taking him in custody on the grounds of non-cooperation and evasive replies.
Police will produce him in court, and sustained custodial interrogation will follow,” he said. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over Keshav Maurya’s visit last Sunday. Farmer leaders and opposition parties demanding Mishra’s arrest but the Minister and his son had denied the allegations. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which has triggered a political storm. It put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
Ashish Mishra was arrested after appearing before the SIT.
Mishra appeared before the SIT at around 10.30 AM. Police served him a second summons the previous day when he did not turn up for interrogation. Police arrested him at approximately 11 PM after being grilled by the SIT at the crime branch office in the Police Lines. Security personnel deployed in strength and barricades put up in the area around the police line. Ashish Mishra looks after the political activities of his father in his Kheri Parliamentary constituency.
While his son was facing questioning by the SIT, Ajay Mishra was in his MP’s office in Lakhimpur city with lawyers. Later he came out to calm his supporters, who had assembled in large numbers outside the house. The Minister told them that Ashish was innocent and would come out clean. The Supreme Court had on Friday questioned the non-arrest of the accused. It directed preservation of evidence and mulled transferring the probe to another agency.