Four days after the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which four farmers, three BJP workers and a journalist were killed, the prime accused and son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, Ashish alias Monu Bhaiyya has been served a notice by the Uttar Pradesh police and he has been summoned for questioning at 10 am on Friday in Crime Branch Office, Reserve Police Lines, Kheri.
A notice has been served to Mishra under Section 147, Section 148, Section 149, Section 279, Section 338, Section 304A, Section 302 and 120B. This notice has been pasted regarding the case in Tikunia; he has been asked to appear in person and to present written and oral and electronic evidence and record his statement.
In a major twist in the case, the police have stated that during the inspection of the incident site by forensic experts, two used cartridges of 315 bore were recovered from one of the cars involved in the incident after which the site was checked thoroughly with a metal detector.
News18 has learnt that official instructions have now been issued to secure the crime scene and place guards to protect evidence at the site.
UP DGP Mukul Goyal told News18 that the investigation is proceeding in the right direction. “We have arrested two people. We have also issued an appeal to people to share with us any evidence - electronic or otherwise - that they have. Any video shoud be shared with the probe team," he said.
Farmer groups have alleged that bullets were fired by the fleeing BJP workers at Tekunia on October 3 to help Ashish Mishra escape. The post mortem report, as per sources, has ruled out death by bullet injuries, but sources say the probe team has not ruled out the possibility entirely yet.
“Post mortem report ruling out gun shot wound but our probe on murder charges will continue. It has to be investigated if the car hit the people knowingly. If motive is established then a murder case is made out," a top source said.
Meanwhile, the police have also issued an official statement over the entire case on Thursday and stated that apart from one accused, names of six other people have come to light out of which three have died on the spot during the violence. The other two accused namely Luv Kishor, son of Raj Kishor and a resident of Banveerpur village in Lakhimpur Kheri, and Ashish Pandey, son of Ramgopal and a resident of Taranagar in Nighasan, have been arrested. The UP Police have also constituted a nine-member monitoring committee led by DIG (Headquarters) Upendra Agrawal in the case.
Earlier on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh government entrusted the responsibility of investigation of the case to Justice Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court. Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, who retired from judicial service at the end of last month, will investigate the matter and submit his report to the government in the next two months. In the incidents of violence in Lakhimpur, along with the death of 4 farmers, three BJP workers and a local journalist also lost their lives. The opposition parties were constantly demanding a probe from the government regarding this.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav reached Lakhimpur Kheri on Thursday and met the families of deceased farmers and the journalist and expressed his condolences. After meeting the relatives of deceased farmer Lovepreet in Palia, journalist Raman Kashyap in Nighasan and Naksht Singh in Dhaurahra, Akhilesh Yadav said that the victims’ families want justice.
The SP chief said, “There is arrogance in the government. Why have the named accused not been arrested so far? We have hope from the Supreme Court. Only the Supreme Court will help the poor and then only the truth will come out. Samajwadi Party is with the families of the victims. If the Samajwadi government is formed, maximum help will be given to the victims.”