Ashish Mishra Arrest, Evasive Solutions, Say Cops

Ashish Mishra had denied his presence at the Lakhimpur Kheri event.

Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish, who is accused of running over farmers in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Saturday after being questioned for over 12 hours in Lakhimpur Kheri. Police said he had been giving “evasive solutions” and not cooperating.

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  1. Ashish Mishra was arrested five days after he was named in a murder case. The accusations against him usually deserve immediate arrest and questions have been raised who got VIP treatment because of his father. He had also waived a summons a day ago.

  2. A senior UP policeman, who waited three hours for Ashish Mishra to show up on Friday, questioned him until late at night after he was brought in by back, helping him avoid the media gaggle.

  3. In another suspicious step, the UP cops had issued a warning to Ashish Mishra under a section of the law relating to the presence of witnesses – not the accused.

  4. The arrest came a day after the Supreme Court reminded the Uttar Pradesh government that the law must follow its course against “whoever is involved” amid anger across the country over the incident and growing pressure from farmer groups .

  5. “What is the message you are sending? Even in normal circumstances … will the police not go immediately and arrest the accused? Things have not gone as they should have. It seems to be just words and not deeds, ”Chief Justice NV Ramana said in a sharp reprimand.

  6. Following his son’s no show a day ago, Minister Ajay Mishra had said that Ashish Mishra would make an appearance on Saturday. He said his son could not answer the summons due to ill health.

  7. Ashish Mishra has been named in an FIR filed by the farmers who said he drove into a collection of slogan shouting demonstrators amid a peaceful black flag protest last Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers and four convoys, died in the incident and the violence it sparked.

  8. Although the Union Minister’s son admits that the SUV that ran over farmers belonged to him, but he claims he was not in it.

  9. Two people – Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey – were arrested on Thursday as the case reached the Supreme Court. They were said to be in the same vehicle that ran over a journalist and farmers, police said.

  10. Denying any action in the Lakhimpur Kheri event under any pressure, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stressed that his government will not “arrest anyone on the basis of allegations”. Addressing opposition leaders rushing to meet the families affected at the event, the Prime Minister said, “They are not goodwill couriers.”