Prime News, National (New Delhi), October 19:- Four more persons, including a BJP worker, were apprehended by the Uttar Pradesh police and SWAT team of the crime branch on Monday in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident, taking the number of total arrests so far to 10, said officials.
Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra along with others accused in the case were also sent into judicial custody from police custody on Monday, they said.
Eight persons, including four farmers, were killed in the October 3 violence during a farmers’ protest in the Tikonia area of the district, with the incident snowballing into a major political controversy over the alleged involvement of the Union minister’s son.
“Four persons were arrested on Monday by the Crime Branch of the Lakhimpur Kheri police along with the SWAT team. The SIT investigators and other senior officials are interrogating the accused and further probe is underway,” the UP police said in a statement.
Those held have been identified as Sumit Jaiswal, Shishi Pal, Satya Prakash Tripathi alias Satyam and Nandan Singh Bisht, the police said.
According to the police, the SWAT team also recovered a revolver in the name of Satya Prakash Tripathi and three live cartridges.
So far, the special investigation team (SIT) has arrested 10 persons including the key accused Ashish Mishra, Ankit Das, Ashish Pandey, Lavkush Rana, Shekhar Bharti and Latif. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).