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Lakhimpur Case: UP Police files Chargesheet, Union Minister’s son accused

Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, filed a 5000 pager chargesheet at the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate of Lakhimpur town on Monday. The unfateful incident took place on October 3rd last year, where two protesting farmers and a journalist were run over by an SUV allegedly driven by Ashish Mishra, the son of Junior Home Minister Ajay Mishra Teni.

If the chargesheet is accepted by the court, a trial in the case will commence on a date decided by it.

 Ajay Mishra and his imprisoned son Ashish Mishra have denied the charges on multiple occasions. After the news of this incident was promulgated, violence broke out in anti-farm law protest sites in which three more, including two BJP workers were killed , raising the total to 8 killings.

A first information report (FIR) was filed by UP Police charging Ashish Mishra along with 12 others as murder accused the following day. In retaliation Sumit Jaiswal, a BJP worker in Lakhimpur, filed another FIR against unnamed farmers.

 In a viral video, widely circulated in social media, Sumit is seen running from one of the SUVs used in the crime. He was later arrested as the co-accused with Ashish on the case.

Supreme Court intervention coerced the arrest of Ashish Mishra, one week after the FIR was filed. One month in, the SIT made it clear that killing of the farmers was a “planned conspiracy” and not merely death by negligence. Charges of rash driving against Mishra should be ratified to intentional causing of harm, wrote police to the court.

The UP Government had to face the wrath of the Supreme Court when it was hearing on a petition filed on the case last month. It directed the SIT to complete its probe soon. It also added three Indian Police Service officers to the team from outside Uttar Pradesh, in answer to the concerns raised on the objectivity of local police.


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