Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra in the present day insisted that neither he nor his son had been current at Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh yesterday when eight, together with 4 farmers, had been run over throughout protests towards his go to.
A homicide case has been filed towards Mr Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra. Protesters allege that he was driving the automobile that ran over farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri.
The group of protesting farmers had gathered to dam the Union Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from visiting the realm as they had been upset over a current speech by Mr Mishra. The 2 ministers had been on their option to an occasion close by.
Later, Mr Mishra, the Union Minister of State for Residence, denied his son had something to do with the deaths. When he was requested to touch upon a video that confirmed his son waving a gun on the protest website, he stated the weapon “have to be” licensed.
“If my son had a revolver, it will have been licensed. I used to be not there, neither was my son,” Mr Mishra instructed reporters, blaming the violence on a “Khalistani hand”.
He additionally stated neither he nor his son had been questioned by the Uttar Pradesh police. “We aren’t conscious of any FIR. Individuals who filed the FIR know that neither me nor my son had been on the website. We had been three-four km away at a programme. There have been miscreants who attacked employees with sticks and swords. You noticed the way in which they had been beating up individuals. If my son had been there, he wouldn’t have survived,” Mr Mishra stated.
“My son was current on the Deputy Chief Minister’s occasion all via and I used to be with Mr Maurya too,” he added.
The Minister’s defence got here because the farmer deaths shortly snowballed into an enormous political combat, months earlier than the UP election.
Opposition leaders – from Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to Akhilesh Yadav – had been stopped from visiting the realm in the present day. The Congress alleged that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister SS Randhawa had been stopped from touchdown at Lucknow airport.
The Congress stated Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was arrested late final evening by policemen who stopped her convoy at Sitapur, on its option to Lakhimpur Kheri.