UTTAR PRADESH: Ashish Mishra who was accused of running over farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, was arrested on Saturday after being questioned for over 12 hours in Lakhimpur Kheri after 5 days of the incident. Deputy Inspector General Upendra Agarwal, who is heading a special investigation team looking into the case, stated that he gave “evasive answers” and not cooperating with police. He had skipped the summons yesterday due to health issues, according to his father. “We are taking him in custody on grounds of non-cooperation and [giving] evasive replies,” Agarwal asserted. “He will be produced in court and sustained custodial interrogation will follow.” Ashish, aka ‘Monu’, was arrested by the nine-member SIT team headed by Agarwal.
The UP police have filed a murder case against Ashish Mishra but have not arrested him so far. Union Minister admits the SUV that ran over farmers belongs to his son, he maintains his statement by saying that his son was not in it.
The arrest was made after the Uttar Pradesh administration confronted with several questions from various people, including the Supreme Court, on delay in taking action in this serious issue. During a hearing on Friday, a bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana asked why had Ashish Mishra yet not been arrested. “What is the message that we are sending?” the court had enquired to the Uttar Pradesh government. “In normal circumstances, if a 302 case [murder] is registered, what will the police do? Go and arrest the accused.”
On Thursday, the police also arrested Luvkush, a resident of Banbirpur village, and Ashish Pandey, who lives in Nighasan tehsil. These two were reportedly adjutant of Ashish Mishra.