Highlights:

  • Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’s son Ashish Mishra is likely to appear before the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday
  • Union Minister of state (MoS) of home affairs ‘Teni’ informed that his son was unable to report to the police due to ‘health reasons’
  • UP police have strengthened the security in Lakhimpur Kheri police lines, prior to Ashish Mishra’s expected appearance before the police

Union Minister of State (MoS) of home affairs Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’s son Ashish Mishra is likely to appear before the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday around 11 am for questioning in relation to the Lakhimpur violence, where eight people were killed. Earlier on Friday, Ashish Mishra was called by the police as a witness, not as an accused. However, he failed to appear before them.

Later, Union Minister of State (MoS) of home affairs ‘Teni’ informed that his son was unable to report to the police due to ‘health reasons’. Following, the UP Police issued a fresh notice and pasted it outside the minister’s residence demanding his son Ashish Mishra to appear before them on October 9.

Reportedly, the UP police have strengthened the security in Lakhimpur Kheri police lines, prior to Ashish Mishra’s expected appearance before the police. Minister’s son was mentioned in a first information report (FIR) after allegations that he was in one of the vehicles which mowed down farmers protesting against the visit of UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s on Sunday.

Ashish Mishra managed to escape calls for questioning on Friday. Nevertheless, he appeared before a few television channels to assert that he is innocent. A police team led by deputy inspector general (headquarters) Upendra Agrawal, waited for almost hours at Lakhimpur Kheri police lines for Ashish, who was summoned there at 10 am.

The Supreme Court expressed its disappointment with how the UP Police has been supervising the case. While hearing the suo motu case on the matter, the top court directed the Yogi Adityanath administration not to arrest Ashish Mishra immediately. It further stressed that the state police do not appear to be “really serious” even as the “brutal” episode claimed the lives of eight people, five days ago.

The SC bench noted to lawyer Harish Salve, representing the UP government, “This is an offence registered under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (murder charge)”. It added, “Do you treat everyone in the same manner? Give them an invitation that you please come?”

On the other hand, the Delhi Congress urged for the immediate dismissal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ and the arrest of his son, Ashish. It also demanded the setting up of a commission of two sitting judges to deliver justice within 30 days.

As yet, the UP police have detained two men after the matter was taken up by the Supreme Court on Thursday. It has also issued summons to the minister’s son.

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