LAKHIMPUR KHERI (UP) :
Among the 14 named in the chargesheet, Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni, was named as the prime accused in the case
THE Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the October 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, on Monday filed a nearly 5,000-page chargesheet. Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni, has been named as an accused in the case. Ashish Mishra, who has already been arrested, was named as the prime accused in the case, according to sources. Further, the number of accused in the case increased to 14 as another name has been added. “The name of one more person, Virendra Shukla, has been added in the chargesheet. He has been charged under Section 201 of IPC,” the prosecution lawyer said. A total of eight people were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident which took place on October 3, 2021 during a farmers’ protest against the now-repealed three controversial farm laws.
Among the dead were four farmers, a journalist, two BJP workers and a driver. A total of 13 persons are accused in the case, including Ashish Mishra and former Union Minister Akhilesh Das’s nephew Ankit Das. All the 13 accused, including drivers of the three SUVs and associates of Mishra and Das, are under arrest and are currently lodged in the Lakhimpur Kheri jail. While the Allahabad High Court is yet to take a call on the bail application of Ashish Mishra, the bail pleas of the other accused are pending before a local court in Lakhimpur Kheri. The SIT had recently requested a local court to add two charges in the case, attempt to murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt, against Ashish Mishra and the 12 other accused. Cong seeks immediate dismissal of Ajay Mishra :UTTAR Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Monday demanded immediate dismissal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, alleging that the Lakhimpur Kheri violence took place at his behest. The Congress leader further said the SIT probing the Lakhimpur violence has stated in its chargesheet that his son Ashish was at the spot where the incident took place. “What more evidence is now required for the dismissal of Ajay Mishra,” Lallu said.