A week after farmers’ deaths, the Union minister’s son was arrested Meerut News

LAKHIMPUR KHERI: After nearly 12 hours of intensive interrogation by the special investigation team (SIT) on the Lakhimpur Kheri rape he has accused of killing four farmers, the son of Union junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni Ashish was arrested late Saturday night . Ashish had waived a summons from the SIT on Friday, after which a second notice was issued asking him to appear.
“He has been arrested for not cooperating with the investigation and giving evasive answers,” DIG Upendra Agarwal, who leads the SIT, said on Saturday night.
At around 10.30am, Ashish entered the Lakhimpur Kheri crime branch office by the open air, escorted by over 10 cops. He was accompanied by two lawyers, Avdhesh Kumar Singh and Jitendra Singh. Ashish was asked to appear at 11am in the second alert given outside his house on Friday. “My client has brought video evidence to show that (the site of the murders) was not there that day,” said his counsel Singh in the morning. They also submitted 12 affidavits of people saying Ashish was not at the Banbirpur violence site that day.
As internet services were suspended again, police from neighboring areas had been called to Lakhimpur Kheri and an SSB jaw was used. BJP workers from across the district got together at the party office in Lakhimpur city. Security around the area jail and collection was suddenly stepped up in the evening.
When asked if he was preparing for an arrest, ADG (law and order) Prashant Kumar had said earlier in the evening to TOI that he “did not know”. He added, “The local police have made their own decision to maintain law and order.” A senior official from the administration, however, said the security was in place to prepare for both scenarios. “Whether he is arrested or not, we are ready for both. We have ensured necessary security to maintain law and order. The decision on his arrest rests with the SIT, “the officer told TOI.
Around 11pm, Ashish was finally arrested. Police were preparing to take him before a remand magistrate at the time of filing the report.

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