Ashish Mishra Manu, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Tenny, has been arrested five days after he was killed in a car crash in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district.
Ashish was arrested on Saturday after more than 12 hours of interrogation, Indian media reported.
Citing police sources, Anandabazar newspaper reported that Uttar Pradesh police had arrested Ashis for finding inconsistencies in his statement and not cooperating in the investigation. He may be produced in court on Sunday.
Four farmers were killed when their vehicle collided with a minister’s convoy in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday during a farmers’ protest demanding repeal of India’s new agricultural law. The area immediately became a battlefield. Protesters protesters protesters surrounded by police, moved people. Four more people were killed in the violence.
Farmers say the car was driven by Ashish Mishra, son of state minister Ajay Mishra. However, Ajay Mishra claimed that his son Ashish was not at the spot at the time of the incident. Ajay claimed that the car that had crushed the protesters belonged to them but that his son Ashish was not in the car at the time of the incident.
But despite Ajay’s denial, watching the video spread on social media shows that his son was involved in the car crash. Indian politics then became active with the killing of a farmer in a car crash.
On the night of the incident, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi left for Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the slain farmers. But the police stopped him. Priyanka was arrested after being detained for 30 hours. Another opposition leader, Akhilesh Yadav, was also detained. The brawl started with that.
After overcoming various difficulties, Rahul and Priyanka met the family members of the slain farmers on Wednesday. Apart from Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Congress delegation also included Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Dipendra Singh Hooda.
From the Congress to the local people, all the opposition parties demanded the arrest and speedy punishment of Ashis. Under pressure, Adityanath Sarkar, a BJP yogi from Uttar Pradesh, formed an investigation committee and started an investigation. Then the summons was sent to Ashis.
Ashis was scheduled to report to the Crime Branch office near the Lakhimpur Kheri Reserve Police Line at 10am local time on Friday. But he did not go there at the appointed time.
He appeared there later on Saturday. After the interrogation started in the morning, it lasted till night. Ashis could not give a satisfactory answer as to where he was at the time of the incident last Sunday. He was later arrested for various inconsistencies in his statement and for not cooperating in the investigation.
The allegations against Ashish raised the question of whether he was receiving special benefits because of his father, although he was supposed to be arrested immediately.