New Delhi: Ashish Mishra, the main defendant in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and son of Union Minister of State for the Interior Ajay Mishra, was taken into police custody for two days on Friday.
This is the second time that Ashish Mishra, arrested for his alleged role in the violence of Lakhimpur Kheri, has been taken into police custody.
Besides Ashish Mishra, Lakhimpur Kheri’s chief magistrate, Chinta Ram, also sent three other defendants – Ankit Das, Shekhar Bharti, and Latif – into custody in connection with the case, PTI reported.
Ashish Mishra, who was arrested earlier on October 9 after more than 11 hours of questioning in connection with the case, was first taken into custody on October 11, with the period of pre-trial detention beginning on October 12. October and ending October 15.
The son of the Union Minister was returned to Lakhimpur prison in judicial custody after the expiration of his first period of pre-trial detention.
Earlier on October 3, violence erupted in Lakhimpur Kheri after two SUVs allegedly crushed a group of anti-agriculture protesters, who were demonstrating against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to the Tikonia-Banbirpur road.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the incident.
Farm leaders alleged that Ashish Mishra was in one of the SUVs, which allegedly crushed the protesters.
This allegation was however denied by the Union Minister and his son.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, who spearheads the agitation against the central government’s three agricultural laws, alleged the violence took place as part of a planned plot.