Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Prime accused Ashish Mishra fails to appear before police

By Rajan Nath -- October 08, 2021 1:12 pm -- Updated:October 08, 2021 1:15 pm

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra, who was asked to appear before the police at 10 am on Friday in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, failed to reach the police lines till 11.30 am, the sources said.

Deputy Inspector General (Headquarters) Upendra Agarwal is present in the police lines for questioning him, they said. "Ashish Mishra has not turned up till now," an official source said.

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In a statement issued by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha said, it stated, "...there is no trace of him (Ashish Mishra)."

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Meanwhile, there are news reports that he has been changing locations and has been absconding. Several UP Police teams have been searching for him.

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The Sanyukta Kisan morcha expressed its "serious concern and shock" as Ashish Mishra was not arrested yet. As police waited for Mishra, there are reports that he might have fled to Nepal.

On this, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said, "If this is true, the Centre should intervene and get the accused arrested from Nepal."

On Thursday, the police had slated a notice outside Mishra's house asking him to appear before it in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that claimed eight lives.

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Of these, four farmers died allegedly after being hit by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. The other dead people include two BJP workers and their driver.

Farmers have also claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles. However, Ashish Mishra and his father have denied the allegation and said that they can produce evidence to prove he was at an event at that time.

A nine-member team led by DIG Upendra Agarwal has been formed to probe the matter. Those arrested have been identified as Luvkush of Banbirpur village and Ashish Pandey of Nighasan tehsil. Luvkush and Pandey are two of the seven people mentioned in an FIR lodged by police.

-PTC News

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