Ashish Mishra, son of junior Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra, who was arrested on Saturday, could not answer several questions about his whereabouts during last week’s violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh police sources told NDTV.
According to sources, when Ashish Mishra said that he was at a wrestling event about 4-5 km away from the scene of the violence on Sunday, the statements of the police personnel present at the event and the people there revealed that the minister’s son was missing between 2pm and 4pm.
The location of Ashish Mishra’s mobile tower also shows his location at and around the crime scene at that time. Mr Mishra, however, told police he was at his Rice Mill at the time, near the crime scene under the same tower.
Mr Ali Mishra’s first information report or FIR against the farmers for allegedly killing three of them, including his driver Hari Om, put further pressure on his alibi.
Although the FIR alleged that Hari Om was driving a Mahindra Thar which ran over the farmers, the video analyzed by the police showed a man wearing a white shirt or kurta driving the Thar; Hari Om was found wearing a yellow kurta when his body was brought to the hospital.
According to sources, on the basis of these three issues and Mr. Mishra is not coming up with the truth, he has been arrested. Police further said he “avoided” his response and did not cooperate.
He was arrested five days after his name came up in a murder case. Complaints against him usually qualify for immediate arrest and the question arises as to whether he was given VIP treatment because of his father. He did not even call a day before.
Ashish Mishra, whose name was in an FIR filed by farmers, said he went to a rally of slogan-shouting protesters during a peaceful black flag protest last Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers and four from the caravan, died in the incident and due to the violence.
Although the Union Minister’s son admitted that the SUV that was driven over the farmers was his, he claimed that he was not in it.