BJP disassociates from Ashish Mishra as police believes he was at Lakhimpur incident spot

Lucknow : The BJP in UP is disassociating from Union Minister of State Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra. Police believes that Ashish Mishra was present at the convoy where the cars rammed into the protestors at Lakhimpur.

UP BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh was addressing the party workers at the inaugural session of the state executive of the party’s minority front in Lucknow. While addressing on Sunday said that being a political leader does not means you can mow down anyone by a Fortuner car.

“Elections should be won on basis of one’s conduct. Politics is about serving your society, your nation. There is no caste and religion involved. Being a political leader doesn’t mean that you loot, it doesn’t mean that you mow down anyone by Fortuner. We are in this party to serve the poor. Politics is not a part-time job,” Singh said.

This comes amidst Ashish not being able to furnish any electronic evidence to the police to prove that he was at the wrestling venue in his village for an hour around the time of the incident last week. This is also the main reason that led to his arrest.

According to officials involved in this crucial investigation, it is difficult to determine that where was Ashish from 2.30 PM to 3.30 PM when the incident took place at Lakhimpur-Kheri. The answer to this key question has become intriguing with conflicting claims but police now believe he was at the incident spot. Interestingly, no calls were received or made from Ashish’s phone during that said hour. Ashish’s phone is now with the UP police.

The incident spot is about 4-5 km away from Ashish’s village where he claims to be present all day for a wrestling contest. Sources close to the investigation, however, say that Ashish did leave the wrestling venue around 2 pm or so in his Thar vehicle. But Ashish has said at the said time he had gone to his house in the same village a food inspector had turned up to check the food to be consumed by the chief guest deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, according to the security protocol.

Police is checking all the CCTVs at the wrestling venues, and en-route the incident spots to cross check all the claims. Ashish has shown many proofs that he was present at the village. Ashish has furnished sworn affidavits of about 10 villagers and over a dozen videos in a pen drive to cite his presence in the village throughout but the same is not cutting much ice with the police yet. More so, the main complaint in the counter-FIR against the farmers, BJP worker Sumit Jaiswal, has gone missing. Jaiswal was present in the Thar vehicle that ran over the four farmers.


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