New Delhi: Prime accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, Ashish Mishra was arrested Saturday night after more than 12 hours of questioning by the special investigation team (SIT). Ashish, son of Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra, was interrogated by the SIT in the crime branch of the Police Lines in Lakhimpur today.
“Ashish Mishra has been arrested as he was not cooperating during the interrogation and didn’t answer few questions. He will be produced before the court,” said DIG Upendra Agarwal, Saharanpur.
Ashish Mishra appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) before 11 am, the time mentioned in the second summons served to him the previous day after he did not turn up for interrogation on Friday.
Four of the eight people who died in the violence last Sunday were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Angry farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles. The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver.
Farmers claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, an allegation denied by him and his father who say they can produce evidence to prove he was at an event at that time.
A nine-member team headed by DIG Agarwal has been formed to investigate the FIR lodged against the minister’s son and others.
Earlier in the day, farm leaders had demanded that Union minister Ajay Mishra and his son be arrested in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, and termed the incident a “terror attack” and part of a “pre-planned conspiracy”.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer organisations spearheading the stir against the farm laws, said they will take out a “Shaheed Kisan Yatra” from Lakhimpur Kheri if their demands are not met by October 11.