After the arrest of Union MoS Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish Mishra on murder charges, the UP Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the Lakhimpur Kheri incident began raiding to locate a relative of the former congressman, the late Akhilesh Das, for questioning in the case, Indian express has learned.
Ashish, who denied being present at the scene during the incident and submitted a USB drive allegedly containing videos and photographs to substantiate his version.
Police say Ashish was arrested on Saturday night for “not cooperating” with the investigation. He was brought before a magistrate and taken into police custody.
The name of Ankit Das, a nephew of former MP Rajya Sabha who died in 2017, was revealed in connection with the case about three days ago when a video clip showed a man with an injured head claiming have been in one of the vehicles. which hit the group of agricultural protesters in Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday.
The unidentified man is heard claiming he was in the vehicle with four other people, including Ankit Das. The vehicle, he claimed, was part of the convoy that struck the group – four farmers were killed – and was later damaged and set on fire by protesters. Four other people were killed in the violence, including Union driver MoS Mishra, two BJP employees and a journalist.
SIT is also looking for Ankit Shekhar Bharti’s driver and Sumit Jaiswal, who is the complainant in one of two cases filed at Tikonia Police Station in connection with the October 3 incident. Based on Jaiswal’s complaint, the police had filed an FIR against unidentified infidels demonstrating at the site of the incident.
Contacted by The Indian Express, DIG Upendra Kumar Agarwal, who heads the SIT, confirmed that they were “looking for three people, including Ankit Das and Shekhar Bharti and Sumit Jaiswal”. “Police teams are carrying out raids for them,” Agarwal said.
Police sources said that during the preliminary investigation it emerged that Ankit Das was known to Ashish Mishra – both are businessmen. “But the full picture will only be clear after the interrogation of Ankit Das,” sources said.
The video clip that allegedly links Ankit Das to the Lakhimpur Kheri incident was released on Thursday. It shows a policeman asking questions of an injured man. In response to a question, the man provides the registration number of a vehicle, described as a Toyota Fortuner, and claims it belongs to Ankit. The injured man is also heard claiming that he is from Lucknow and that he “takes care of the accounts” of Ankit Das.
Ankit Das could not be reached for comment and his cell phone was turned off on Sunday.
UP ADGP (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar previously told The Indian Express that all videos related to the incident would be reviewed.
Sources said that before arresting Ashish, police questioned him about his location at the time of the incident and how many people were traveling in the three vehicles to receive the UP Deputy Chief Minister. , Keshav Prasad Maurya, for an event when they hit the protesters.
They said Ashish denied being present at the scene of the incident and had no knowledge of how many people had gone to receive Maurya.
Police also questioned him about other details, such as the dress he was wearing that day, sources said. Union MoS’s son, sources said, claimed he was present in his village of Banveerpur for the event.
Police are now likely to confront him with the evidence they gathered during the preliminary investigation, and are also examining the details of Ashish’s cell phone calls. Police are also likely to collect CCTV footage from a petrol pump near the location.
Ashish Mishra’s attorney, Awadesh Kumar Singh, said there was no evidence against his client and there was no video clip establishing his presence at the scene. Singh confirmed that Ashish submitted a “USB drive containing videos and photographs” to the police.