LAKHIMPUR KHERI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the October 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, on Monday filed a nearly 5,000-page charge sheet.
The police named Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra as the prime accused in the case, according to the reports.
In the charge sheet, the police said they had found during investigations that Ashish Mishra was present at the spot when the violence occurred, sources said. A relative of Ashish Misra was also named as an accused in the charge sheet, reports India Today.
Earlier, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra had submitted videos and affidavits of 10 people to prove that he was not inside the car that mowed down protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Further, the number of accused in the case increased to 14 as another name has been added.
“The name of one more person, Virendra Shukla, has been added in the charge sheet. He has been charged under Section 201 of IPC,” the prosecution lawyer said.
A total of eight people were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident which took place on October 3, 2021 during a farmers’ protest against the now-repealed three controversial farm laws.
Among the dead were four farmers, a journalist, two BJP workers and a driver.
A total of 13 persons are accused in the case, including Ashish Mishra and former Union Minister Akhilesh Das’s nephew Ankit Das.
All the 13 accused, including drivers of the three SUVs and associates of Mishra and Das, are under arrest and are currently lodged in the Lakhimpur Kheri jail.
While the Allahabad High Court is yet to take a call on the bail application of Ashish Mishra, the bail pleas of the other accused are pending before a local court in Lakhimpur Kheri.
The SIT had recently requested a local court to add two charges in the case, attempt to murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt, against Ashish Mishra and the 12 other accused.
The court had admitted the SIT’s plea and ordered the addition of the charges, including under sections of the Arms Act.
The SIT had said in a report submitted to the court that the four farmers and the journalist were killed in the violence as part of a “pre-planned conspiracy”.
The SIT wrote in the report that the deaths “did not happen due to negligence or callousness” and that the accused persons’ actions were “deliberate with an intention to kill”. — IANS