BY- MONIKA SHEORAN
While the opposition parties continue to blame the Centre for deaths at Lakhimpur Kheri, The Uttar Pradesh Police obtained a remand of three days for Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. A senior prosecution officer said that the Police had originally asked for a 14-day remand from Chintaram, the Chief Judicial Magistrate. Instead, a remand of just 3 days was granted, starting from October 12 with a condition that Ashish Mishra’s lawyer will have to be present during the investigation.
Last Sunday, on the 3rd of October, in a violent incident at Lakhimpur Kheri 8 people died. The incident occurred when three vehicles, one of which was owned by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, run over several farmers in a rally where they were protesting peacefully against the new Farm laws. As a result 4 of the farmers died while 4 other persons associated with the act died as things turned violent.
According to the reports, on the 3rd of October, hundreds of farmers had assembled at the Tikona crossing as a form of protest against UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya who was to visit Bhanveerpur. The farmers were also agitated by a recent comment by Ashish Mishra, son of Ajay Mishra in which he warned the farmers against protesting. But, while the protesters were gathered there to stop Maurya’s convoy from passing, three vehicles came from behind and hit the protesters. The farmers who got overrun by the vehicles died and the crowd turned violent. Subsequently, the driver of the vehicle and two of the BJP workers were killed by the angered crown via lynching. A reporter also died after being caught in the heat of the situation. One of the SUVs that hit the farmers were overturned and burnt amidst the violence.
Since then, the BJP minister has been denying his son’s involvement in the incident. Although the Opposition has been demanding the resignation of Ajay Mishra, as per the sources, The BJP will take any action against the Minister and his son only once the investigation is complete.