UP Police will seek further custody of accused Ashish Misra in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in a court on Monday.
Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Mishra being taken from crime branch office to be produced before magistrate, in Lakhimpur Kheri, Saturday night, October 9, 2021. Mishra was arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. (PTI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh Police will file an application before a court on Monday seeking further custody of accused Ashish Misra in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people, including four farmers, earlier this month.
Ashish Misra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra, was arrested on Saturday, after 12 hours of interrogation by the Crime Branch of Uttar Pradesh. During the interrogation, his mobile was also seized for investigation.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Saharanpur, Upendra Agarwal had said that Ashish Misra was arrested for “not cooperating with the probe” in connection with the case.
The local court in Lakhimpur Kheri will hear the matter on October 11 on whether Ashish Misra should be sent to police custody or not.
Meanwhile, Congress has sought an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in order to present him with a memorandum on the facts of the case.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will observe a ‘maun vrat’ or vow of silence from 10 am to 1 pm on Monday to demand the dismissal of Union MoS Ajay Misra from his post.
All state Congress office bearers have also been asked to reach the party headquarters in Lucknow by 9 am.
MP KC Venugopal, Congress general secretary, has also written to all Congress state presidents asking them to observe ‘maun vrat’ at the Governors’/LG’s office or offices of central government on Monday to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
In view of the farmers’ agitation, additional police officials have been deployed in 20 sensitive districts of UP.
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