Ashish Mishra Monu, accused of murder under Section 302 of the IPC, today reached the office of Uttar Pradesh Police’s crime branch in connection with the incident of violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. The police are questioning him about the incident and will probably arrest him after the interrogation — putting to rest allegations that the Yogi Adityanath government was trying to shield him.
Earlier, Mishra was called for questioning at 10 AM yesterday but he did not turn up, even as rumours spread that he had fled to Nepal.
Ashish Mishra Monu reached the crime branch office at 10.38 AM, 22 minutes before the deadline. The crime branch had by then prepared a list of about 32 questions for questioning him, police sources said. The interrogation of Ashish Mishra will be shot on camera for the record.
BJP workers gathered outside Union MoS Ajay Mishra Teni’s office in support of his son. Supporters of Ashish Mishra gathered outside the office said that there was no evidence against “Monu Bhaiya”. “He was present at the site of the riot at the time of the incident but, without evidence, he cannot be arrested,” said a supporter.
Another supporter said, “Monu Bhaiya was not present; he was at the site of the riot. The police found no evidence against him.”
Another said, ‘Whoever was killed with sticks were not farmers or their sons. The opposition is building up the political heat to win back Lucknow.”
Yet another supporter said, “The car driver did not deliberately ram the people. The mob first hit the vehicles in the convoy, injuring the driver. The car broke down and turned turtle.”
Ashish Mishra’s legal advisor Awadhesh Kumar said, “We respect the notice sent by the police and will cooperate fully in the investigation.”
On the issue of interrogation of his son, Union MoS for Home Ajay Mishra Teni said, “We know that he is innocent. He was not even present at the scene. He went to the crime branch as a mark of respect for the law.”
On Friday, a notice was sent to Ashish Mishra again after he did not turn up for questioning. This deadline was extended to 11 AM of Saturday.
Teni insisted that his son had not run away anywhere and would reach the police for sure. The union minister said that his son could not make it yesterday because he was ill.