The police in Lakhimpur Kheri arrested one more person in connection the violence which took place on October 3. The accused has been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
The arrested accused was allegedly present in one of the vehicles which ran over the famers. (PTI FILE PHOTO)
A Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court sent one of the accused arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case to 14-day judicial custody after the police arrested him on Tuesday.
Senior prosecution officer SP Yadav said they have sought 14-day police custody of Shekhar Bharti and the hearing in this regard will take place on Wednesday. He was sent to 14-day judicial custody, the officer said.
With Shekhar Bharti’s arrest, police has so far arrested four people in connection with the violence, in which eight people were killed.
It is alleged that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son ran over protesting farmers with his car in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. The incident led to the death of four farmers. This was followed by violence and death of four BJP workers.
Shekhar Bharti was allegedly present in one of the vehicles which ran over the famers.
Earlier, the police had arrested Union minister Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra, Luvkush and Ashish Pandey in connection with the case.
Farmers have also alleged that two other men — Sumit Jaiswal and Ankit Das — were also involved in the violence, but they are not being arrested by the police.
They alleged that Sumit Jaiswal was in the Thar vehicle that mowed down the farmers and was clearly seen escaping from the vehicle. Similarly, a video clip where a police official was seen questioning a person caught during the incident revealed that Ankit Das was in the Fortuner vehicle that was also involved in the violence.
Ankit Das moves court for surrender
SP Yadav said Ankit Das and his driver Latif have moved applications for surrender at the CJM court. The police also conducted searches at Ankit Das’ home.
The court has asked Tikonia station to submit a report and has asked police to thoroughly investigate the matter. Tikonia village is the spot where the Lakhimpur Kheri violence took place on October 3.
The court will take final decision on the surrender after the police submit its report.
(With PTI inputs)
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