Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish has been named in the police complaint into the deadly violence in Uttar Pradesh that left eight people dead over the weekend, has told NDTV that the vehicle was seen running over farmers, allegedly triggering the clashes, was indeed his. However, the minister said neither he nor his son was present at the spot when the incident happened.
“From Day One, we have been clear that the [Mahindra] Thar is ours, which is registered in our name. And the vehicle was going to receive someone after picking up our workers. Our son was at another venue. From 11 am till the evening, he was organising another event. My son was present there, there were thousands there. There are photos and videos. If you take out his call records and CDR, location… can check all. Thousands of people are willing to give an affidavit also that Ashish Mishra was there,” Ajay Mishra told NDTV in an interview.
The incident took place when a group of protesting farmers in the Tikonia area of Kheri tried to block Mr Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from visiting. The protesters were upset over a recent speech by Mr Mishra.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was denied permission to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday, the state government announced, amid its efforts at blocking many opposition leaders, including his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who have made a beeline for the district where eight people were killed in Sunday’s violence.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was denied permission to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday, the state government announced, amid its efforts at blocking many opposition leaders, including his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who have made a beeline for the district where eight people were killed in Sunday’s violence.
In a letter written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Congress had said a five-member delegation led by Rahul Gandhi planned to visit the district. It also called the detention of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra “without any reason or justification”.
Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday gave a week’s ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh government for arresting Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son, accused in an FIR of being behind farmers’ death in Lakhimpur Kheri.
“We have given a week to the government to arrest the son of the Union MoS (Home). We all will gather here again on the day of “bhog” (a ritual during the 13-day post-death mourning period) and then will discuss and decide the future strategy,” Mr Tikait told newspersons here.
Mr Tikait, who visited the house of Gurvinder Singh, a farmer from Moharnia village here killed in the Lakhimpur violence, said the minister’s son was seen by many people at the spot on the fateful day.
“People have several videos that will come up as soon as the net is restored,” he said.