Ground Report | New Delhi: Lakhimpur SIT report; The Special Investigation Team probing the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur district has told the court that the incident was a “pre-planned conspiracy causing death”.
In this case, on October 3, Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, and 12 other accused are accused of killing 4 farmers and a journalist by crushing them with vehicles in Lakhimpur Kheri. On Tuesday, 12 other accused including Ashish Mishra were produced in the court.
Lakhimpur SIT report
In an application submitted to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Kheri district on Monday, the Investigating Officer (IO) voluntarily dropped the charges of death due to negligence and negligent driving and linking the charges of attempt to murder and common intention to cause grievous hurt.
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Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra is the prime accused in the case, as it was his SUV that allegedly crushed the farmers. He has been booked along with 12 others under IPC section 302 (murder) and several other sections and is presently lodged in Lakhimpur district jail. On Tuesday, Mr. Ajay Mishra reached the jail to meet his son.
SIT Chief Investigating Officer Vidyaram Diwakar in his letter said that as per the investigation and evidence collected so far, the criminal act was not committed out of “negligence” and “apathy”; Rather it was “deliberately done through a well-planned conspiracy” to kill people.
The SIT probing this case has found in the preliminary investigation that this case is of a well-planned conspiracy. The SIT has suggested imposing new and serious sections of the Indian Penal Code on all the accused including Ashish Mishra in this case.
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Why BJP wants to save Ajay Mishra
Mishra is a prominent Brahmin leader from Uttar Pradesh, a community that the BJP is strongly projecting ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state. For a party that has always had heavy Brahmin leaders – think of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalraj Mishra, etc. – the BJP currently has some prominent faces from the community.
This explains why Brahmins, a traditional vote bank of the BJP, are isolated and a floating vote bank for politicians in UP. Marginalized Brahmins in Uttar Pradesh have shown a willingness to switch sides when promised a share in power. Remember, how Mayawati won over Brahmins in 2007 by showing SC Mishra as her main confidante.
Since this news, opposition parties have taken a jibe at the BJP and its central leadership. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi tweeted and asked, ‘Due to court rebuke and Satyagraha, now the police are also saying that the son of the Minister of State for Home conspired and crushed the farmers.
There should be an inquiry that what was the role of the Minister of State for Home in this conspiracy? But Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji, you have not removed him from the post because of the anti-farmer mentality.
At the same time, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also surrounded Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue and wrote on Twitter that “Modi Ji, the time has come to apologize again… but first remove the accused’s father from the post of minister.” The truth is out there!”