A chargesheet of 5,000 pages was filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday before a court. The chargesheet filed in the court is in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that killed eight people, including four farmers, during a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri district against the Centre’s three farm laws on October 3.
Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish Mishra name has been cited as the prime accused. According to the protesting farmers who witnessed the incident said that a vehicle belonging to Ashish Mishra, had run over the protestors. The SUV which had run over the farmers was the pet of the convoy of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and BJP MP Ajay Kumar Mishra.
Ashish Mishra and other accused persons have been arrested in connected with the case and are currently facing charges of criminal conspiracy and murder.
According to the reports, the chargesheet filed doesn’t mention the name of Union Minister as an accused, however, Virendra Shukla, a relative of Ashish Mishra has been mentioned as an accused in the case.
“Name of one more person, Virendra Shukla, has been added in the chargesheet. He has been charged under Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information) of IPC.”
The Special Investigation Team of Uttar Pradesh Police, investigating the Lakhimpur Kheri incident had earlier termed the incident as a pre-planned conspiracy to kill the protesting farmers.
“It appears from the probe that has been conducted and material collected till now that the said act wasn’t a negligent act committed by the accused, rather, it was done intentionally as per premeditated plan to kill.”SPO SP Yadav
The Advocate, Amaan Khan, representing the farmers said that they are not satisfied with the probe as there is no mention of Ajay Mishra in the chargesheet filed.
According to Amaan Khan, the SUV was registered in the name of Union Minister but his name was not included in the chargesheet.He even indicated that he might move to the court seeking proper investigation.
A trial in the case can begin after the court accepts the chargesheet.