Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was asked to appear before the police at 10 am on Friday in connection to the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3. However, as of 10;30, he had still not reached the police lines, PTI reported.
According to sources, deputy inspector general Upendra Agarwal who is heading the probe team arrived at the office on time. “Ashish Mishra has not turned up till now,” a source said around 10.30 am.
On Thursday two men were arrested and the police pasted a notice outside Mishra’s house asking him to appear before them in connection to the violence that erupted in UP’s district, which claimed eight lives.
Four people who died on Sunday were farmers, allegedly mowed down by a vehicle carrying Bhartiya Janata Party workers. Angry protesting farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles. The others who died were two BJP workers and their driver.
Farmers claimed that the minister’s son Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles. However, both the father and son have denied the allegations and Ajay Mishra said he can produce evidence to prove both were at an event at that time.
A nine-member team led by DIG Agarwal has been formed to probe the FIR lodged against the union minister’s son and others.
(Inputs from PTI)