Two arrested in Lakhimpur violence, minister’s son untraceable

Lakhimpur : UP police arrested two persons identified as Luvkush Rana and Ashish Pandey. Police said the two arrested are close aides of Asish and more raids are going on. The son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra, Ashish Mishra is still untraceable. he arrests come hours after the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the UP government to submit a report within a day on how many arrests have been made so far in connection with the case.

“In the status report also tell us about the eight persons who have been killed. Farmers, journalists etc. It is an unfortunate incident. Tell us whom you registered FIR against. How many have you arrested,” the Supreme Court said as it heard a case on Lakhimpur violence. “The grievance is that you are not registering a proper FIR and a proper investigation not taking place,” Chief Justice NV Ramana said.

Lakhimpur violence has triggered political squall, as the main accused is son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra. The opposition is demanding removal of Ajay Mishra.

Ajay claimed the driver lost the balance after being attacked by stone pelters and then some protesters came under the car. Later, his driver was lynched and the car was set on fire, the minister has claimed.

The arrest took place four days after the incident.

FIR was filed against Ashish Mishra. The FIR has been filed under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 302 for murder, 304-A for causing death due to reckless driving, 120-B for criminal conspiracy and 147 for rioting, 279 for rash driving, 338 for causing grievous hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life along with other penal provisions at the Tikunia police station.

India Today TV has accessed a copy of the FIR, which claims that Ashish Misra had opened fire at the protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri and was also present in the car that run over the farmers.

“Around 3 pm, Ashish Misra along with 15-20 armed men in three speeding four-wheelers reached the protest spot in Banbirpur. Monu Misra opened gunfire while he was seated on the left side of his Mahindra Thar, which mowed down the crowd and sped ahead,” stated the FIR.

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