Lakhimpur Kerry, U.P.
UP police are trying to “recreate” the horrific incidents that took place in Lakhimpur Kerry earlier this month when four farmers were hit by a car belonging to Union Minister Ajay Mishra.
Mr Misra’s son Ashish, who is accused of killing farmers, was picked up by police along with his friend and convict Ankit Das and used police cars to recreate the day’s events.
Ashish Mishra was arrested last week – after being named as an independent man despite being named in the FIR (first information report). He was denied bail by a local court yesterday.
Members of the police team set up to probe the Lakhimpur incident were arrested after a 12-hour investigation, and the question came after the Supreme Court intervened to ask UP whether Ashish Mishra was being treated differently because of his high-ranking father. .
Police had earlier denied that Ashish Misra’s open family connections had affected them.
Ashish Mishra was remanded in custody by UP police for three days after his arrest.
That policing ends today.
Yesterday, a group of Congress leaders led by Rahul Gandhi met President Ramnath Govinda and urged him to speak to the government on the issue.
The Congress and other opposition parties have demanded the resignation of Ajay Mishra – the junior home minister who oversees national police issues – to ensure a fair investigation.
“Families believe that there can be no justice as long as his ministerial father is in office. This is the demand of the people of UP and all right-wing people … President Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she would consult the government.
Rahul Gandhi demanded that the Lakhimpur incident be investigated by two Supreme Court judges – an SIT is currently investigating the UP police. Meanwhile, the apex court had earlier dismissed the CBI inquiry citing “persons involved”.
Both Ashish Misra and his father have denied all the allegations.
Misra told NDTV that the car belonged to his family, but he and his son were not there at the time. He also opposed calls for his resignation; He met his boss Amit Shah this month.