Lakhimpur violence: Ashish Mishra sent to 14-day judicial custody, under Covid quarantine in jail

Prime News, National (Lakhimpur), Oct 11:- Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, who was arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days and placed under Covid quarantine in the district jail here, officials said on Sunday. Ashish Mishra was produced before a court late on Saturday night after around 12 hours of questioning over the violence, in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed.

Ashish was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down the farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday.

Two BJP workers and their driver were allegedly lynched by angry farmers. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence.

A medical team examined Ashish Mishra in the crime branch office here after which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to 14-day judicial custody, senior prosecution officer SP Yadav told PTI.

He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing at 11 am on Monday.

A senior official said the Union minister’s son was taken to the district jail, where he has been placed in quarantine under the COVID-19 protocol.

“Initially, inmates are kept in isolation, away from the main barrack. Jail food is being given to him. The quarantine period is of 14 days and his (medical) tests will be done,” the official said. There is also a “threat perception” angle, he told PTI but refused to give details. Ashish Mishra has been kept in Barrack No. 21, sources said.

Union MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra reached his office on Sunday morning but maintained a distance from the media and refused to say anything on this issue. He remained in his office till around 1 pm.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a rally in Varanasi on Sunday accused the government of the bid to save the minister’s son and said except BJP leaders and their “billionaire friends” nobody is safe in the country. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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