Violence in Lakhimpur: Ashish Mishra under Covid quarantine in prison sentenced to 14 days in prison: The Tribune India
Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), October 10th
The son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, who was arrested in connection with the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, was detained for 14 days and placed under Covid quarantine here in the district prison, officials said on Sunday.
Ashish Mishra was brought before a court late Saturday night after being questioned for around 12 hours over the violence that killed eight people, including four farmers.
Ashish was named on an FIR after it was alleged to have been in one of the vehicles that mowed down farmers protesting the visit of UP Deputy Prime Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya last Sunday.
Two BJP employees and their driver are said to have been lynched by angry farmers. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence.
A medical team examined Ashish Mishra at the criminal branch here, whereupon he was taken for screening before a judicial officer who sent him to 14-day pre-trial detention, senior prosecutor SP Yadav told PTI.
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He said a police pre-trial application for Ashish Mishra had been filed with the judge who placed him for a hearing at 11 a.m. on Monday.
A senior official said the Union minister’s son had been taken to the county jail where he was quarantined under the Covid-19 protocol.
“Initially, the inmates are kept isolated, away from the main barrack. He is given prison food. The quarantine period is 14 days and his (medical) tests are in progress, ”the official said.
There is also an aspect of “threat perception,” he told PTI, but refused to provide details.
Ashish Mishra was being held in Barrack No. 21, sources said.
Union MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra reached his office on Sunday morning but kept his distance from the media and refused to comment on the matter.
He stayed in his office until about 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, at a rally in Varanasi on Sunday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the government of trying to save the minister’s son, saying that no one in the country is safe except BJP leaders and their “billionaire friends”.
“We will keep fighting until the Union MoS (Ajay Mishra) resigns,” she said. BJP’s Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi also warned against attempts to turn the incident in Lakhimapur Kheri into a “Hindu versus Sikh battle”.
“To use the word ‘Khalistani’ generously to describe the protesting peasants is not only an insult to the generations of these proud Tarai sons who fought and shed blood on our borders, it is also extremely dangerous to our national unity if this provokes the wrong kind of reaction, ”he said.
Ashish Mishra, known locally as “Monu Bhaiya”, spent the night in the county jail. He appeared in front of the SIT at around 10.30 a.m. on Saturday after receiving a second summons the day before when he did not appear for interrogation.
He was arrested at around 11 p.m. on Saturday after being grilled by SIT in the crime department on the police lines.
Ashish Mishra, around 35 years old, takes care of his father’s political activities in his constituency of Kheri.
The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the defendant’s failure to arrest, ordered the preservation of evidence and considered transferring the investigation to another agency.
Without reproach, a bank headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had said that the law must crack down on all defendants and that the government must take all remedial action to instill confidence in the investigation into the brutal murder of eight people.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), who leads the agitation against the centre’s three farm laws, alleged that the violence was part of a pre-planned conspiracy and called for the minister and his son to be arrested.
Farmers’ unions said that if the government did not comply with their demands by October 11th, they would remove a “Shaheed Kisan Yatra” from Lakhimpur Kheri with the ashes of murdered farmers.
A team of nine, led by Deputy Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Upendra Agarwal, was formed to investigate the FIR against the minister’s son and others in connection with the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. PTI