After the first summon was avoided, Union Minister, Ajay Mishra’s son was confronted by police on Saturday after a second summons was issued.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Ashish Mishra ‘Manu’ at night after a long 11-hour interrogation.
The arrested minister’s son will be taken to court, said SIT chief and Uttar Pradesh police DIG Upendra Agarwal.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that three cars in the private convoy of Mr. Ajay Kumar Mishra allegedly ran over a group of protesting farmers and four farmers, a local journalist, a driver and two other people were said to have been killed in the incident on October 3 and several others were injured.
On Friday, the Supreme Court sharply reprimanded the Yogi government in the Lakhimpur case. The apex court said that no matter who is involved in the incident, the law will follow the law.
The Supreme Court’s rebuke amid mounting nationwide protests demanding the arrest of the minister put pressure on the Yogi administration. The son of Ajay Mishra, Minister of State in the Union Home Ministry, reached the office of the Police Lines Crime Branch ahead of schedule.
In the Lakhimpur Kheri case, Ashish was interrogated and a seat consisting of nine officers. While the son was being interrogated, father Ajay Mishra was seen at the local BJP party office in Lakhimpur.
Ashis arrived at the Crime Branch office at 10.40 am. Huge forces were deployed in the police lines.
Police officers declined to comment on what the minister’s son had been asked to say.
Sources however said that Ashis could not give a proper answer as to where he was and what he was doing between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm on the day of the incident.
Although, Ashis’s phone location was tracked, he was very close to the scene. Even Ashish’s description of the killer SUV driver did not match.
After the arrest, Upendra Agarwal said, “We have taken the minister in custody for not cooperating and evading reply.” He will be taken to court and kept in custody for continued interrogation.
Meanwhile, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived in Lakhimpur and started a ‘silent dharna’ on Friday evening. He was sitting in a dharna outside the house of Raman Kashyap, a journalist killed in the violence. He also started a hunger strike.
However, Sidhu withdrew the dharna as Ashish Mishra appeared before the police. Later said, it is the victory of truth. This victory belongs to the peasant family. The king himself is not above justice. Justice brings good governance. If there is no justice, it becomes misrule.