Lakhimpur : Ashish Mishra son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra has arrived at Lakhimpur Crime Branch for his summon on Saturday at 11 AM. On Friday when he didn’t showed up for his summon so police issued second notice against him to appear before 11 AM in connection with October 3 incidence.
There is a tight security at the location and the internet is freezed. Facing reporters at Lucknow airport, the junior home minister said his son Ashish Mishra could not appear before police as he was not well but will record his statement on Saturday.
His remarks came after a police team headed by Deputy Inspector General (Headquarters) Upendra Agarwal waited hours at the Lakhimpur police lines for Ashish Mishra, who had been asked to appear there at 10 am. Around 2pm media learnt that Ashish Mishra has not turned up and second notice has been issued with Saturday’s deadline.
Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit on Sunday. Two BJP workers and their driver were then allegedly lynched by angry farmers. A local journalist also died in the incident, which has put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile the opposition is demanding removal of Union Minister of State Home Ajay Mishra. Reacting to the developments, Union minister Anurag Thakur said, “I think some people don’t believe in the judicial process. Those who’re doing political tourism (in UP over Lakhimpur incident) is unfortunate. Several crime incidents took place in Rajasthan, Punjab and Chhattisgarh but Priyanka and Rahul never visited there.”
On the issue on Friday Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that no one will be arrested without any proofs in Lakhimpur-Kheri incidence. No arrests would be made under pressure. He brushed aside the demand for the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son.